Season 2 American Idol Finalist Kimberley Locke Recaps American Idol Premiere

Luke Bryan Katy Perry and Lionel Richie

Luke Bryan Katy Perry and Lionel Richie

After two years off the air, American Idol made its return on Sunday night, airing on ABC instead of its original network, Fox.

Season two finalist and CT resident Kimberley Locke gives us a whole recap.

Ron Boltongez captivated the judges with his story, especially Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

The first audition stop is New York City, where the first contestant is a 17-year-old with a guitar and a whole lot of personality.

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American Idol continues next Sunday night on ABC with more auditions.

The heartfelt performance of the iconic tune had an immediate effect on Perry, who had to fight back tears as Francisco sang.

The real test for "Idol" will be on Monday's when it goes up against NBC's The Voice. But if there's a chance for her to showcase another original song in this competition (maybe as soon as Hollywood Week?), then I can see the judges keeping her around for a while. The panel applauded his ability to make such music from such a bare but beloved instrument, and his golden ticket capped an unexpectedly moving first night.

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

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"I've known Ryan now for nearly 16 years". During his pre-performance interview, the Oklahoma native admitted he had never kissed a girl because he'd never been in a relationship. (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.

"Once you're in front of the judges, it is very quick". Sardor shrieks his way through Luke James' "I Want You" with such conviction that surely Klaus Nomi's wig levitated from the grave.

"You're so hot", Perry, 33, told the singer. "Unique" was the praise for Zach, along with "killed it" from Lionel Richie, along with a golden ticket for the teen. "Katy said she could see herself listening to my voice all day with a drink in her hand". You can also live stream on ABC official website (only for viewers located within the U.S. and its territories), HULU or PlayStation Vue.

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

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