Waterford native is new American Idol music director; worked with Katy Perry

LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS — Episode 655

LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS — Episode 655

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.

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

More than 12 hours after arriving at auditions, she met Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan face to face.

CBS saw many shows return from eight-week breaks, all performing all down in numbers as they attempted to compete against American Idol.

Things took an awkward turn, however, when Holmes responded to one of Perry's questions by calling her "ma'am".

The Hollywood Reporter's Daniel Fienberg compared the rebooted version of "American Idol" to the most recent previous seasons, noting it became "warmer and fuzzier and less scathing and mocking with each passing year".

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When Benjamin told the judges that he hadn't kissed a girl, as he couldn't do so without being in a relationship, Katy Perry asked him to come over to her desk for his first kiss.

The trio of judges then made it official by handing Francisco his golden ticket and letting him know he's going to Hollywood for the big show. The judges don't think he's ready for Hollywood, but at least he got a first kiss out of the deal. He started playing guitar when he was 16 years old.

"Once you're in front of the judges, it is very quick". "I will never forget Luke Bryan said to me, 'You are the reason why I am doing this".

Ron, a 21-year-old entrepreneur originally from Congo who now resides in Plano, TX, sang "Let It Go" by James Bay. She sang Ariana Grande's "Almost Is Never Enough" with professionalism far beyond her years.

Zachary, a 16-year-old high school student from Wesley Chapel, FL, walked into the audition with a high speaking voice. Trevor sang Brett Young's "In Case You Didn't Know", changing the lyrics to "In case you didn't know/Katy, I'm insane 'bout you". The judges are blown away and he gets his golden ticket. "There's no dismissing and just sending off and saying, 'You suck.' That's not how we roll". When it was Layla's solo turn, she sang "Who's Loving You" (Jackson Five version).

Equally impressive is Dennis' smooth rendition of Allen Stone's "Unaware".

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