2 local contestants advance to the next round on abc's American Idol



American Idol kicks off its brand new season with a new set of judges: Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan. The current season of NBC's The Voice, featuring first Idol victor Kelly Clarkson as mentor, drew a 2.8 in 18-49 and 12.3 million viewers (L+SD) in its debut a couple of weeks ago.

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.

Trevor Holmes, 27, Thousand Oaks, CA: A construction worker who's had a crush on Katy Perry for years, he bowled the judges over as soon as he walked in: Luke immediately dubbed him a "dreamboat" while Katy said "You're so hot.are you engaged?"

But their careers didn't end there.

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The female Top 12 are said to include performers Alyssa Raghunandan, Amelia Harris, Catie Turner, and Effie Passero.

Who was your favorite?

Ron, a 21-year-old entrepreneur originally from Congo who now resides in Plano, TX, sang "Let It Go" by James Bay. All three judges agreed to send her to Hollywood. (I was thinking more along the lines of a less-polished Lisa Loeb, but sure - tomato/to-mah-to, Lionel.) And away she goes with a trio of yeses. But she redeems herself in front of the judges, singing an original country song she wrote. During Benjamin's Nashville audition, he admits that he's never kissed a girl before. You know it seems a little not soft - I do try and watch myself because I do know how it feels to be in their shoes.

"There are incredible voices on the show this year", said Kris Pooley.

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The 19-year-old shared a special moment with judge Katy Perry after his confession that he had never been kissed.

Of course, "American Idol" was nowhere near the show's peak audience in 2007, when 37.4 million watched the season 6 premiere. The panel was so completely charmed that Katy Perry issued an advance golden ticket for 2026, allowing Dixie through to Hollywood.

The rest of the night ambles along at a familiar pace, as we're mostly introduced to decent singers like bespectacled goofball Catie Turner from Langhorne, Pennsylvania, who refers to the boom mic above her as a "corn cob" and laments, "What if Katy Perry thinks I'm unusual?" The GRAMMY victor got up from the judge's table and walked over to Francisco to give him a hug. Last month, a former personal stylist said that the 43-year-old television personality groped and slapped her. "You are inspirational... I want you to be very proud of yourself". 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.

Dennis, a 26-year-old singer from Philadelphia, PA, performed "Unaware" by Allen Stone.

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