Catch a Louisiana high school senior on American Idol

Lula Sharp
March 13, 2018

Nielsen reported a turnout of 10.34 million viewers for the two-hour "Idol", along with a 2.3 average rating in the key demo of adults 18-49. Luke is sold on his talent, but Katy and Lionel give him a "no" because they feel he hasn't found his identity yet.

It's the same feedback she got almost 10 years ago, when she made it to Hollywood on the show. This time, we have Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan as judges.

Looking somewhat shocked as Katy offered him her cheek, Benjamin obliged and planted a peck on her face.

When Benjamin told the judges that he hadn't kissed a girl, as he couldn't do so without being in a relationship, Katy Perry asked him to come over to her desk for his first kiss. 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.

Telling Katy what he does for a living, he explained: "I'm a cashier at an electronic store but I love it because sometimes there's cute girls and they're not going anywhere without saying hi".

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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. Country hitmaker Luke finds the performance "pretty daggum inspiring", but Lionel and Katy initially aren't hearing Ron's own personality shine through.

Harper Grace majorly redeemed herself in her audition after being known for a disaster of a National Anthem performance at just 11 years old.

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

The popular reality television show, which was discontinued after season 15 in 2016, returned Sunday with the premiere of season 16 audition. Instead, she thought his audition was an imitation, so Katy said he needs more time to develop and it's a "no" from her. So, I don't think it'd be fair to put you in that kind of competition.

But the guitar wasn't his only musical talent; he could also sing.

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