ATU Student Advances on American Idol

Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan are at the judges' table this time around and fortunately - or maybe unfortunately - there isn't a Simon Cowell-type in the bunch.

The numbers are also below those drawn by the February 28 season premiere of "The Voice" (2.8, 12.31 million). He started playing guitar when he was 16 years old. But while Katy respected his story, she couldn't get a grasp on who he is as an artist.

When judge Luke asked hopeful Benjamin if he'd ever kissed a girl and liked it, the youngster replied: "I've never been in a relationship. You are the reason I am here, '" Lorenzo recalled later. The panel applauded his ability to make such music from such a bare but beloved instrument, and his golden ticket capped an unexpectedly moving first night. It's possible they said no to hundreds of singers, but in two hours, we saw were exactly four "No's" - and Lionel turned into a hugging machine.

At only 16 years old, Jordin Sparks age proved to be no indication of talent, as she immediately blew away the judges during her season six audition, in which she performed "Because You Love Me". Luke is utterly confused at this odd and foreign terminology. I can see her belting it out on the Idol stage, but her audition proved that she can showcase her big voice without letting it get out of control; that's key. Gosh, these judges are easy like Sunday morning. The ABC debut also was below the Idol series finale on Fox (13.3 million, 3.04 in 18-49) but above the final season average. Sock-obsessed Zack auditions in NY. He nailed not just the song but earned a dance with Katy Perry. The banter, the bartering, and the competition between the judges consistently overtake the proceedings on "The Voice", and even Kelly Clarkson [VIDEO] voiced reservations about the 2018 incarnation of the competition that she took in the first year, going head-to-head with her current station on "The Voice".

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Equally impressive is Dennis' smooth rendition of Allen Stone's "Unaware".

Watch Davis' audition on American Idol.

"Most of the time was spent doing interviews, spent talking to vocal coaches, trying to just figure out what song choice is best".

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