THE first audition of tonight’s American Idol featured Nadia Turner’s daughter, Zaréh Isa.
Nadia Turner was a top ten contestant in season four of the show, and her daughter took her to her audition without her even knowing.
Zaréh Isa impressed the judges and earned a golden ticket, following in the footsteps of her mother.
Meanwhile, the judges are being joined tonight by a rock legend.
Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx is taking part in the fun, as auditions are taking place in Los Angeles.
Baker sang Whitney Houston’s I’m Your Baby Tonight, and her father played the guitar.
Finelli’s audition was the last of the night, and after revealing that he has autism and was too afraid to audition, he delivered a performance that warranted a standing ovation from the judges.
“You were born enough,” said Lionel Richie. “Your handicap is your gift.”
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Kevin Gullage: That’s How Strong My Love Is
The judges were impressed with Kevin’s audition.
“That was crazy, so if you just keep continuing to do that, with that voice-” said Katy.
“My friend, you’ve got so much flavor!” said Lionel.
The judges sent him off to Hollywood.
Who can forget William Hung?
The former contestant auditioned in 2004 for American Idol.
Fritz gets a golden ticket
Katy said the chorus was very good and he has a lot of potential.
However, she did say he needs to discover who he is as an artist.
“I think that you deserve a shot, and it’s a yes,” said Katy.
Luke voted no for now, but Lionel voted yes and he was given a golden ticket.
‘Ready to perform on stage’
Fritz is singing Before you go, by Lewis Capaldi.
One Twitter fan said he is “ready to perform on stage”
Up next, Fritz Hager
The 21-year-old security officer is from Texas.
“I really just sit in a dark room for 12 hours a day,” he said. “I do not want to be sitting in that room for the rest of my life.”
‘A Broadway babe’
Kenzie sang I’m With You, by Avril Lavigne.
Katy called her “a Broadway babe.”
The judges agreed she is more of a theatre performer and voted no to send her to Hollywood.
Up next, Kenzie Elizabeth
The 20-year-old is from California and she is auditioning next.
She brought her grandmother, and she said “music is my life.”
The judges are now doing a karaoke segment, dubbed “scaryoke”.
They are spinning a wheel and singing karaoke.
‘Sam proved us wrong’
The judges all agreed that Sam proved them wrong, after she gave an impressive audition tonight with an original song.
Katy becomes emotional
The judge started tearing up when Sam started singing, and put on her t-shirt.
“Goodbye is not good by me Sam!” said Kate.
“Thank god you got so much better in such short amount of time,” said Luke Bryan. “What ever I said in Austin, I take back.”
The judges gave her an enthusiastic “yes.”
Katy said her original was one of the best the judges have heard all season.
Former contestant returns
A contestant who previously auditioned has returned to American Idol to give it another shot.
“I’m not scared this time,” said Sam Moss.
She is singing an original song.
Fans adore Thomas
One Twitter fan said he “has big golden retriever energy.”
Katy sees something
“You’re a big personality,” said Luke.
“Forget the singing, you are an actor, you are someone’s host,” said Lionel.
Katy said she disagrees with the other judges.
“I learned how to bring it down, but know how to also have fun and light up a room.”
Katy voted yes and Luke voted no.
Lionel voted yes, sending Thomas to Hollywood.
Up next, Thomas Patrick Moran
Thomas introduced himself with some Irish step dancing, and his mother joined.
He started by singing Chain of Fools, by Aretha Franklin.
Katy stopped him and asked what his second song is.
He is now singing River by Leon Bridges.
First golden ticket of the night!
Nadia Turner thought she was going to the spa with her daughter, but now she is watching Zareh follow in her footsteps.
Nadia gets a handkerchief
Lionel gave Zareh’s mother a handkerchief after the audition.
“From now on, I’m bringing two handkerchiefs,” he said.
“You killed that song,” said Luke.
“I think you have a real opportunity,” said Katy.
The judges voted to send Zareh to Hollywood.
Wearing the same outfit
Zareh made sure to wear the same top that her mother wore for her audition in 2004.
Former contestant’s daughter up first
Season four’s top ten finalist Nadia Turner just found out her daughter was auditioning for the show.
Zareh Turner blindfolded her mother and surprised her.
Katy takes her supplements
“You’re not going to swallow all of those!” Lionel Richie said to Katy Perry, as she popped a bunch of pills at once.
American Idol is now on and Nikki Sixx appeared right away, speaking with a contestant.
The auditions took place on Sunset Blvd., in Los Angeles.
From The Voice to American Idol
19-year-old Allegra Miles auditioned for American Idol in Episode 20, but this isn’t her first time performing on TV.
Allegra also auditioned for Season 18 of NBC’s The Voice.
The talented singer made it to the Top 9 before being voted out of the show.
Allegra is progressing to Hollywood after the three American Idol judges called her a “real artist.”
Who was the first contestant?
Noah Thompson was the first contestant to audition for American Idol this season when the premiere aired last month.
He is a construction worker from Kentucky and revealed that his friend signed him up for American Idol.
Noah also got the first ticket to Hollywood.
American Idol’s youngest winner
Jordin Sparks won American Idol during its sixth season and became the show’s youngest winner at just 17.
Jordin beat out runner up Blake Lewis and third place winner Melinda Doolittle as she was crowned the winner.
Her self-titled debut studio album went platinum and contained her top-ten singles Tattoo and No Air.
Since then, she had released a further two albums, Battlefield and Right Here Right Now.
Kelly Clarkson’s post-Idol career
Clarkson rose to fame in 2002 after winning the first season of American Idol when she was 20 years old.
She has since enjoyed a career in music, film, publishing, and television.
She has released seven albums under RCA Records and enjoyed commercial success with hits such as Miss Independent, Heartbeat Song, and My Life Would Suck Without You.
Kelly had a guest judge stint on The Voice, as well as authoring several children’s books, and lending her voice to smash animated movie Trolls.
Will Bobby Bones be returning?
In a now-expired Instagram post, Bones said, “Some of you noticed I’m not in the Idol promos this season. My contract (with) my new network won’t let me do another show right now. Love Idol, btw. Was a great 4 years.”
Executive producer and showrunner Megan Wolflick said the show does not have another person lined up to take Bones’ place, but there are alternative ideas in the works to include former American Idol contestants and winners.
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