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American Idol review: Can it rise from the ashes?

13 March 2018

It will be particularly interesting to see how "Idol" fares Monday night, when it goes head-to-head with "The Voice". It even inspired a New Yorker cartoonist.

"There's no dismissing and just sending off and saying, "You suck". And this was right before Perry, the most-followed person on Twitter, embarked on a rather sad press tour for her latest album, "Witness", which was torn apart by critics. The judges bop along to the catchy tune, but they agree he's not quite ready for Idol, and Misha won't be moving on. Back to the audition. He had a surprising crooner voice, but Bryan wanted to hear more attitude from him.

Lionel and Luke also did their best Randy and Paula impressions, but it ain't the real McCoy.

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Few people get to see her commitment to voice work because it's all done in a recording studio, but Perry says that, when given the chance to be a cartoon character, she throws everything she has into the work. The judges seem uncertain. A Katy Perry kissThe judges discovered that Benjamin Glaze, 19, had never been kissed after Luke Bryan asked "Have you kissed a girl and liked it?" and he confessed that he never had.

When ABC recruited Perry (for a reported $25 million), it provoked immediate flashbacks of the year when Fox brought in another female megastar - Mariah Carey - to be a judge.

UC Berkeley civil engineering student William Hung became an instant viral hit when his off-key and clueless version of "She Bangs" won over America, but couldn't get him a golden ticket to Hollywood. She has such a mature and developed voice. She gets through to Hollywood. He started playing guitar when he was 16 years old. William Casanova, 26, is the next artist to audition, and he sings "A Song For You" for the judges.

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The video below focuses a little bit more on her story. She's next in line to inherit her family's furniture store, but won't have to if she can make it as a singer. Katy tells her she's not a pop star.

"Whether you're eight or 88, you feel as if he has been a part of your life", says Rob Mills, SVP of alternative series, specials and late night. Way to be a professional. She is definitely better than her 11-year-old self and her song "Yard Song", is well-written. As the daughter of a country music fan, Harris's path led her to the world of western swing, a jazz-infused country genre with the punch of twin fiddles. She's off to Hollywood. Lorenzo's father was murdered when the singer was just five years old, leaving him to be raised by his grandparents.

Some of these highlights and more are featured in our top 5 audition picks below.

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Gregor Townsend was phlegmatic, encouraged by a performance he described as "miles ahead" of their capitulation in Cardiff in round one.

Richie also said their key to success is being themselves and going to bat for the contestants they truly believe have a future in the industry. I like Lionel as a judge so far.

American Idol review: Can it rise from the ashes?