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Is American Idol making its grand return on TV?

13 March 2018

After two years off the air, American Idol made its return on Sunday night, airing on ABC instead of its original network, Fox.

Season two finalist and CT resident Kimberley Locke gives us a whole recap. One noticeable thing about the show is that the auditions have taken place in Nashville, Orlando, New York, but a majority of the contestants have come from red states like Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

Though the singing competition helped ABC to win the night in viewers (8.2 million) and in the key 18-49 demographic (1.7 rating), Idol saw its lowest-rated season premiere ever, falling 23 percent from its prior season premiere (3.0 in January of 2016) on Fox.

There were also multiple heartwrenching backstories: 22-year-old Ron Bultongez talked about coping with his abusive father. Her original song, "Never Stop", which was, in fact, one sentence, "The devil never stops coming after you", was delivered with such powerful ferocity that it overpowered the panel. And 16-year-old Harper Grace landed a well-deserved ticket to Hollywood after she confessed that she went viral at age 11 for a truly bad rendition of the national anthem. All three judges agreed to send her to Hollywood. Luke is sold on his talent, but Katy and Lionel give him a "no" because they feel he hasn't found his identity yet.

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"Once you're in front of the judges, it is very quick". You can be sure we'll be closely following her story as well!

The 19-year-old shared a special moment with judge Katy Perry after his confession that he had never been kissed.

Glaze had to request some water to recover his composure enough to sing his audition number, an acoustic rendition of Nick Jonas' "Levels".

After blowing the judges away with his voice, even Cowell admitted he didn't see that performance coming, telling him, "You don't look like a pop star, but you've got a great voice".

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Alyssa Raghu is only 15, but Katy Perry has already proclaimed her as "Top 10" for the season.

A quick trip back to NY, and it's a "yes" for 16-year-old Zach Denofrio, who has a high-pitched speaking voice but turns into a Frank Sinatra-type crooner when he sings.

The last performer of the night was Dennis Lorenzo, who carried his own trauma from childhood along with his guitar bearing a hole. "It's not your language it's just for us".

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Is American Idol making its grand return on TV?