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Season 2 American Idol Finalist Kimberley Locke Recaps American Idol Premiere

Season 2 American Idol Finalist Kimberley Locke Recaps American Idol Premiere

Sunday night's "Idol" broadcast delivered ABC's biggest premiere ratings in the time slot since the supernatural drama "Resurrection" bowed to 13.9 million viewers and a 3.8 in the demo back in March 2014. "We're not really sure where you fit in the mainstream.' And, I guess my response to that is, I really never have fit in the mainstream, it's really not where I plan to go with my music".

But it isn't just the judges who are winning fans over, it's the unparalleled talent that is walking through those famed audition doors, hoping for a golden ticket to Hollywood. One noticeable thing about the show is that the auditions have taken place in Nashville, Orlando, New York, but a majority of the contestants have come from red states like Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. This time, we have Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan as judges.

But their careers didn't end there.

Two yeses include 15-year-old Alyssa Raghu, who gets a "top 10" prediction from the judges with her version of an Ariana Grande tune, and 16-year-old Zach Denofrio, who has a high-pitched speaking voice but turns into a Frank Sinatra-type crooner when he sings.

Who was your favorite?

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It's the same feedback she got almost 10 years ago, when she made it to Hollywood on the show. Luke was torn, but declined, until he decided he couldn't let Ron go. But if there's a chance for her to showcase another original song in this competition (maybe as soon as Hollywood Week?), then I can see the judges keeping her around for a while. "I know it wasn't an overnight success for me; it's not going to be for them", she said.

Tell us how you really feel, Katy Perry!

Of course, "American Idol" was nowhere near the show's peak audience in 2007, when 37.4 million watched the season 6 premiere. She performed her own song titled "21st Century Machine", which received a compliment from Richie.

The 19-year-old shared a special moment with judge Katy Perry after his confession that he had never been kissed. He became Katy Perry's music director and that led to the show. Katy and Treavor did some major flirting, but alas, he has a girlfriend.and a golden ticket. Last month, a former personal stylist said that the 43-year-old television personality groped and slapped her. "She don't want you bein' nice, boy!" he barked. He strums his battered guitar and sings a star-making rendition of "Unaware" by Allen Stone.