Waterford native is new American Idol music director; worked with Katy Perry

Joann Johnston
March 13, 2018

Season two finalist and CT resident Kimberley Locke gives us a whole recap. Sunday night she sang for a different kind of crowd, including HER idol: Katy Perry. Catie Turner from Pennsylvania sings the judges an original song called "21st Century Machine", and wins them over with her unique perspective and strong sense of self.

Performing in front of Lionel Richie, meant Julica was performing in front of one of her idols. One of the reasons why reviving American Idol is best is that it represents diverse voices across the United States and the whole family can tune in and watch it together.

The judges also give three yeses - along with some cautionary advice - to 16-year-old Kentucky cutie Layla Spring, who brings her 7-year-old sister along to the audition.

The trio of judges then made it official by handing Francisco his golden ticket and letting him know he's going to Hollywood for the big show.

Grace Walker, a 15-year-old hostess from San Juan Capistrano, CA; Sardor Milano, a 26-year-old supermarket employee from Orlando, FL; and Nico Bones, a 22-year-old skate-shop employee from Long Beach, CA, did not receive golden tickets to Hollywood. He has an emotional backstory, but fails to immediately wow Perry and Richie with his rendition of James Bay's "Let It Go".

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While Lionel wasn't sure about alpacas and Luke had no idea what "wig" meant, Katy knew exactly what Noah was talking about. Koby already had been cast on the Broadway stage and thought she was a shoo-in for this competition.

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"You are an inspiration to us all", Richie shared. "I can't take it down, dumba****", she said while walking out of the audition. During his pre-performance interview, the Oklahoma native admitted he had never kissed a girl because he'd never been in a relationship.

While the show had seen its share of judges from the original panel of Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell to newcomers like Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, and Jennifer Lopez, it's safe to say it also had its share of comical moments.

Gabbii Jones, 20, St. Louis, MO: Her father has given her 30 days to make her dreams of stardom come true, or else she's got to get a job. Perry said his presentation felt a bit "rushed", and added "maybe that's because I sped up your BPM".

Lionel agreed with Katy that the music industry is "an identity business", so he said "no" as well. "You are inspirational... I want you to be very proud of yourself".

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