'American Idol' Reboot Judges Open Up About Reality TV Competition

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Season two finalist and CT resident Kimberley Locke gives us a whole recap. The charismatic 17 year old skips school to audition in NY with a cutesy original folk-pop tune called "21st Century Machine".

Aside from the new set of judges, American Idol is pretty much the same. Turner started with a little Britney Spears and then performed an original song. In the words of Perry: "Wig: snatched!" Over the years, viewership declined as judges were shuffled and winning contestants were less successful, plus competition increased from other reality TV shows such as "The Voice", "America's Got Talent" and "The X Factor".

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. Luckily, her somewhat over-the-top rendition of Ariana Grande's "Dangerous Woman" was enough to convince the judges to save her from a life of drudgery and send her to Hollywood.

Also off to Hollywood are Maddie Poppe, 19, who plucks her guitar while reinterpreting Kermit's Muppet Movie classic "Rainbow Connection", and Ron Bultongez, 21, who hails from Plano, Texas by way of the Congo in Africa.

The auditions then head to Nashville, where we meet 16-year-old Harper Grace.

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William Casanova, 26, Washington, DC: A woman's shoe salesman, he charmed the judges with his smooth, flirtatious personality, and earned a golden ticket by singing Donny Hathaway's "A Song For You". Her original song, "Never Stop", which was, in fact, one sentence, "The devil never stops coming after you", was delivered with such powerful ferocity that it overpowered the panel. "Everyone was crying. I was crying and then Luke Bryan came out, and he shakes my mom and dad's hand and says, 'You birthed a attractive mind, ' and all of that stuff". But Richie said that Seacrest is still the anchor that holds the show together.

"You're so hot", Perry, 33, told the singer.

"Something that I never imagined could've happened to me", says Julica. "Unique" was the praise for Zach, along with "killed it" from Lionel Richie, along with a golden ticket for the teen. "Come here, Benjamin. Come here right now!" she said.

We just don't know, reader.

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