'American Idol' ratings: ABC revival strong with 10.3 million viewers

NEW YORK. This image released by ABC shows from left Lionel Richie Katy Perry Ryan Seacrest and Luke Bryan on the set

Katy Perry surprises Oklahoma native with kiss on American Idol premiere

The show's two-hour premiere Sunday night on its new network, ABC, showed a kinder, gentler side of the singing competition, which previously ran for 15 seasons on Fox. An entire montage showed the judges gently trying to cheer up singers who didn't get a golden ticket to Hollywood. I was in their shoes 10 years ago.

Clearly stunned by what had just happened, Benjamin fell to the floor open-mouthed, as Katy celebrated by raising her arms in the air and getting high fives from Lionel and Luke.

The other showcased contestants from NY include 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. Katy seemed smitten with Trevor as soon as he walked into the room, but she completely melted while he performed in front of the judges and of course, he got a golden ticket to Hollywood.

But when he belted out "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra, the judges were amazed by the depth of his sound and the richness in his voice. That earned her three yeses. "She don't want you bein' nice, boy!" he barked. I can see her belting it out on the Idol stage, but her audition proved that she can showcase her big voice without letting it get out of control; that's key. During his pre-performance interview, the Oklahoma native admitted he had never kissed a girl because he'd never been in a relationship.

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Glaze had to request some water to recover his composure enough to sing his audition number, an acoustic rendition of Nick Jonas' "Levels". I don't think I'm ready for that. But his ear-piercing high notes leave the judges speechless - in a bad way.

This week, the show returns after a two-year hiatus following its cancellation on Fox.

Koby, a 26-year-old musical theater actress from Denver, CO, was also sent packing after her performance of "Never Stops" by Deerhunter. Later, 26-year-old Dennis Lorenzo (who sang Allen Stone's "Unaware") explained after his father's murder, he made some poor life decisions as a teenager - until his grandparents gave him a guitar.

When Alyssa Raghu auditioned on the premiere, each of the judges were blown away.

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