‘American Idol’ Recap: Auditions Bring ‘Chill Bumps,’ Puppy Love and Tearjerkers

Variety | 3/19/2018 | Michele Amabile Angermiller
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On the fourth episode of “American Idol” auditions, country icon Kenny Rogers made a cameo appearance — in the form of advice learned and dispensed by judge Lionel Richie: “In pop music, you hit the right notes, while in country music you hit the real notes.”

Alas, plenty of wrong notes were also struck in one of the funniest episodes of the “Idol” reboot season. It was also the cutest show so far as birthday girl Katy Perry was surprised by fellow judges Richie, Luke Bryan and host Ryan Seacrest with cake and puppies. She was even gifted with a dress worn by a contestant and serenaded by another, earning the easiest Golden Ticket in “Idol” history. Plus, a girl born on the date of the original “American Idol” premiere in 2002 — Victoria McQueen — felt the birthday love with a shiny ticket of her own.

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There were real notes, too, with stories and auditions that ranged from heartbreaking to inspiring as the episode jumped cities, from New Orleans to Nashville, Los Angeles and New York.

The hilarity came early in the show courtesy of Adriana Bolton, this generation’s answer to Mariah Carey. Well, at least when she hit the famed “whistle tone,” exasperating Richie who notes he isn’t sure exactly what he’s judging. The setup for Bolton was classic “Idol” — soundtracked by Demi Lovato’s “Confident” but oozing in awfulness. Ditto for a guy who had to spell out his last name as a dog pooped on the floor. The moment prompted Perry to whip out her phone while dragging out the poor stage hands armed with Lysol to disinfect the joint. Another male hopeful didn’t even bother to tune his guitar. Good thing he had a pro in the house — judge Luke Bryan — to oblige with a freebie...
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