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'American Idol': Judges Hand Out More Golden Tickets to Hollywood Week

'American Idol': Judges Hand Out More Golden Tickets to Hollywood Week

Popstar Katy Perry is flanked by country heartthrob Luke Bryan and R&B legend Lionel Richie, and so far, it's been abundantly clear that these judges are cohesive and get along.

"I have a insane talent ..."

"Some things you have to do for the business", Richie said as he used his body to block Perry's backside from the cameras.

The contestant tells Perry his special talent: He can quote the movie Mean Girls from start to finish. "I want to figure out who you are as an artist and I want to see you push yourself even farther". "I was amazed how she didn't seem to be fazed by the fact that I was in a wheelchair". "Your first kiss was Katy Perry".

Richie also said their key to success is being themselves and going to bat for the contestants they truly believe have a future in the industry.

"We don't do that anymore but we still laugh just as much", added Perry.

Arguably the most memorable audition was by William Hung in Season 3. The producer just told her that she could go on in and she did.

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Others praised her for making the show's auditions interesting.

Lionel said it was really good but there were things she needed to tone down.

Misha Gontar, 26, Marengo, Illinois: Originally from the Ukraine, Misha sang a super-catchy but incredibly weird song that featured an "oo-ee-oh/bow bow bow" chant and speed-rapping in what we assume was Ukranian.

And just like that Mara, a 15-year-old phenom from Galloway Township in Atlantic County, was on to Hollywood with her coveted Golden Ticket. Once Katy's fangirling subsided, Holmes performed his own rendition of Brett Young's "In Case You Didn't Know", and spoiler alert: he absolutely nailed it. It's like the show never left in the first place - though something I wish ABC would include is the iconic Idol theme song. Thaddeus' golden ticket already is worth more than millions.

But when it came down to twerking, it didn't go quite so well for Katy.

This audition was more successful than Poppe's appearance on NBC's "The Voice". David Francisco, 25, lives in Nashville, Tennessee and was hit by a vehicle and paralyzed from the waist down. She said she knew everybody in the crowd and saw all the eyes on her, but her nerves disappeared "and I realized this is actually what I love".


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