New season of 'American Idol' starts with a bang!

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America Idol 2018 season 16 has returned with new people in the judging panel.

An average of 10.3 million viewers tuned in as judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan took their place at the judges desk for the very first time. After impressing the judges with a performance of an original song, she impressed them even more with a performance of Khalid's "Young, Dumb & Broke". The judges are all smitten with Catie, with Lionel referring to her as a wonderful Martian. I went inside and thought about it and came back outside and I told her I was going to do it. "Katy said she could see herself listening to my voice all day with a drink in her hand". Now living in Orlando, Sardor informs us that he has "a big range" and can sing "the male part and the female part" of songs. I can understand why any of the singers I mentioned above would be someone's favorite because I'm looking forward to seeing what they do next as well.

In past seasons, judges like Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban related how they never saw the preview profiles of contestants that viewers see, and often, only learned the back stories and struggles of the hopefuls through the weeks of the honing process. Katy, Luke and Lionel also agreed to send him to Hollywood. She called this a "pinch me" kind of moment that ended with three "yes" votes and that shiny golden ticket to Hollywood. She sang Ariana Grande's "Almost Is Never Enough" with professionalism far beyond her years.

Katy recently suffered an embarrassing mishap when she forgot the name of her old school friend while appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live. He earns a golden ticket, and Katy tells him that her wig was snatched by his audition.

American Idol continues next Sunday night on ABC with more auditions. Where other shows, including The Four, Fox's Idol replacement, throw singers in front of a studio audience right away, Idol auditions dispense with the hubbub and introduce us to the talent pool before hair, make-up and ill-advised song suggestions get in the way.

Dennis, a 26-year-old singer from Philadelphia, PA, performed "Unaware" by Allen Stone.

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