That "Idol" managed to scare up such a sizable audience for ABC was particularly noteworthy in light of the fact that the show re-launched under a cloud of controversy. The judges were delighted to send him through.
Idol was always the best of the singing competition shows and, at least in the USA, the form's progenitor.
There was definitely some awkwardness as the three judges stepped out onto the floor to bust a move, and then things got even more awkward when Perry slipped and fell.
According to NPR, though, it may be tough for "Idol" to go up as ABC's revival continues. One of the nuns, 89-year-old Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, collapsed and died in court on Friday during a hearing related to the Perry case. 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.
General Larry Platt never had a chance of making it to Hollywood with his original song, "Pants on the Ground", which lamented the low-rise jeans of the day's youth, but he did become one of the most memorable parts of Idol season nine.
Your deal is why I signed up for this, this feeling. Sussett kicked off her audition performance by singing an a cappella song in Spanish, before she suddenly stopped to play music from her portable speaker.
As for what's next for Alyssa's "American Idol" journey, she isn't revealing much, but she told us it's something that we won't want to miss. Katy said Harper's voice hasn't reached its "ultimate potential" yet but she'd be a dream for Hollywood to carve out.
Hudson shockingly came in seventh place on that season, but since proved herself a true idol, with a best R&B album Grammy win and an Oscar-earning role in Dreamgirls.
About two years after "American Idol" aired its "farewell season"...well, it's back.