‘American Idol’ Premiere Highlights: Nick Townshend Touches Hearts, Myra Tran Soars


Laci Kaye Booth and Margie Mays additionally wowed the judes on Sunday night time (March three).

The budding superstars who auditioned for the judges on Sunday night time's (March three) season 17 American Idol premiere all had a couple of issues in frequent: they, after all, might sing.

But Myra Tran, Johanna Jones, Margie Mays, Laci Kaye Booth and Nick Townsend additionally had tales that touched the hearts of judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, who had been dropped at tears of pleasure and heartache a number of instances by the emotional, twisting journeys that introduced plenty of the singers to the Idol audition room.

None had been extra transferring than that of Nebraska native Townsend, who shared the heartbreaking story of his two brother's deaths by suicide, a tragedy that hit residence with Bryan, who was visibly moved throughout Nick's efficiency, sharing his story of additionally shedding each of his siblings. In a season that producers not too long ago informed Billboard would focus extra closely on the tales of the contestants, Townsend impressed together with his lovely tackle James Bay's "Let It Go."

Watch Townsend's efficiency under.

Nineteen year-old Vietnamese singer Tran stated she's dreamed her entire lifetime of singing in entrance of the Idol viewers and viewers actually noticed the decide's jaws drop, Richie's pen drop and Perry's eyebrows go up after they heard Tran's wealthy, highly effective vocal prowess on Jennifer Hudson's "One Night Only." "Wow, wow, wow," Richie stated after the audition, which Bryan predicted would make Tran the following Kelly Clarkson:

Some contestants merely had that It Factor that the judges might inform instantly branded them as stars, together with 23 year-old Las Vegas native Jones, who bonded with Perry over the key vocalist's trick of chewing potato chips earlier than a giant audition to cut back irritation. And when Perry -- who shoved a whole bag of chips into her mouth, package deal and all, only for enjoyable -- discovered that Jones works at In-N-Out Burger, nicely, JJ's golden ticket was sealed since, as Katy shared, that was the place she met the love of her life, finace√© Orlando Bloom.

It didn't damage that Jones additionally killed with a refined, lovely model of Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only One."

The foolish was additionally robust with Mays, 25, whose wacky power, uncontrollable burping and signature hand gestures enchanted the panel as a lot as her model of Lawrence's "Shot." "You're actually a star," Perry stated afterwards. "That's the best individual I ever met."

One of the night time's different standouts was singer Booth's transferring story of reconnecting together with her estranged dad via their mutual love of music. The 23 year-old Texas singer/guitarist had them at good day, however when she unleashed a gritty, golden tackle Merle Haggard's story of misspent youth, "Mama Tried," Perry known as her a "diamond within the tough," with Bryan saying she was already near being "world-class."