The Death Star No Longer, 'American Idol' Still Draws a Crowd

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Still, the the pricey Idol, the highest-rated and most watched broadcast program last night, dramatically improved ABC's ratings fortunes on Sunday where the network has averaged a 1.0 in 18-49 from 8-10 PM (L+SD).

Judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan opened up about the reality TV competition and said that it will be different from the original Fox show.

The other showcased contestants in NY included Maddie Poppe, who sings "The Muppet Movie" song "Rainbow Connection", and gets three yeses for her "storyteller voice"; and Koby, a 26-year-old musical theater performer from Denver, who belts perhaps the longest, loudest vocal run in "Idol" history. The charismatic 17 year old skips school to audition in NY with a cutesy original folk-pop tune called "21st Century Machine".

Ron Boltongez captivated the judges with his story, especially Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

But their careers didn't end there.

Nine hopefuls received golden tickets and made it through to the next round, with several of them blowing the panel away - Catie Turner, Alyssa Raghu, Zachary D'Onofrio, and Dennis Lorenzo.

Who was your favorite? Spit out the name of any contestant from Season 15's Top 10. All three judges agreed to send her to Hollywood. "I was amazed how she didn't seem to be fazed by the fact that I was in a wheelchair".

"With this experience being my last experience with American Idol, it was huge for me".

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

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. He became Katy Perry's music director and that led to the show. "Unique" was the praise for Zach, along with "killed it" from Lionel Richie, along with a golden ticket for the teen.

All of this said, neither Benjamin or Nico hold a candle to Sardor Milano, 26, who somehow won The X Factor in Russian Federation a few years ago. I think you're really sweet, but truthfully, there are just some people that are outsinging you right now, and so I don't think it'd be fair to put you in that kind of competition. He strums his battered guitar and sings a star-making rendition of "Unaware" by Allen Stone.

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