This "American Idol" contestant's first kiss was with judge Katy Perry

Luke Bryan Katy Perry and Lionel Richie

And while that's a fraction of the audience "Idol" regularly served up back in its mid-aughts heyday, the TV turnout marked a significant upgrade for ABC's Sunday 8-10 p.m. lineup, which season-to-date is averaging just 4.5 million viewers and a 1.0 in the demo. She is also the first to receive a golden ticket to Hollywood. Coming up next, yet another contestant from our area, Mara Justine from Galloway, N.J. gets her chance to sing for the judges Monday night.

You look at someone like Layla Spring, who's the same age as Alyssa, and it's clear that Layla's young age/lack of experience really showed during her performance, despite having some really nice moments in the song. The judges are all smitten with Catie, with Lionel referring to her as a wonderful Martian. She's going to Hollywood. Sent packing by the judges, Koby complains bitterly to the camera that "Katy was jealous" of her.

Autumn Wood, 27, Katy, TX: The library clerk came in dolled up in what Katy described as "glamazon" style, but her version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" was freaky: She sounded like Cher with a bad cold.

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. But she redeems herself in front of the judges, singing an original country song she wrote. She took to Instagram to share a cute photo of her kissing her man and she shared a very specific message to Katy in the caption. It's possible they said no to hundreds of singers, but in two hours, we saw were exactly four "No's" - and Lionel turned into a hugging machine.

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Davis made his American Idol debut during the first episode of season 16 on Sunday, March 11. He earns a golden ticket, and Katy tells him that her wig was snatched by his audition. He strums his battered guitar and sings a star-making rendition of "Unaware" by Allen Stone. "You're Top 10", the "Roar" singer tells the 15 year old hopeful.

But it didn't satisfy the 33-year-old popstar who complained that Benjamin "didn't make the smooch sound".

Although Fox kindly bid farewell to its groundbreaking reality competition in May 2016, producers weren't ready to let it go, so they shopped it over to ABC.

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