Despite Fox's Counterprogramming: Strong Return for 'American Idol

Layla Spring, 16, on American Idol Can't Lose Her Country Accent

Layla Spring, 16, on American Idol Can't Lose Her Country Accent

It won't make anyone forget the early incarnation of "American Idol" that struck so much fear in the heats of rival programmers that they would refer to it in hushed tones as "the Death Star", but ABC's revival of the once-colossal musical competition series delivered strong numbers for a Sunday night in 2018.

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

In the March 11 premiere, viewers witnessed talent from all over auditioning in Los Angeles, New York City, Savannah, and New Orleans.

Though the singing competition helped ABC to win the night in viewers (8.2 million) and in the key 18-49 demographic (1.7 rating), Idol saw its lowest-rated season premiere ever, falling 23 percent from its prior season premiere (3.0 in January of 2016) on Fox.

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According to NPR, though, it may be tough for "Idol" to go up as ABC's revival continues. And 16-year-old Harper Grace landed a well-deserved ticket to Hollywood after she confessed that she went viral at age 11 for a truly awful rendition of the national anthem.

At one point, host Ryan Seacrest explained, "This isn't about getting knocked down, but more about picking yourself back up".

"Once you're in front of the judges, it is very quick". But Alyssa proved what I've said countless times - it doesn't matter how old you are because talent is talent. "At the end I was exhausted, I was really emotional, I was kind of angry". She's obviously got a nice voice and her hyper personality won't be forgotten anytime soon. "I wanted her to see the good in it and hopefully she can pick up some of that too, along the way".

"Definitely to record an album".

Upon that admission, Katy told the teenager, "Come here right now!" "Nothing's gonna stop me from pushing toward my dream". "She don't want you bein' nice, boy!" he barked.

The show is on Sundays and Mondays from 7-9pm.

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