American Idol 2019 Judges Auditions in Louisville (PHOTOS + VIDEO)

American Idol judges auditions headed to Louisville, Kentucky this week. On Monday, Oct 22, Tuesday Oct 23 and Wednesday Oct 24 a slew of hopefuls sang for American Idol judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. Singers who passed the test earned that coveted Golden Ticket to the Hollywood Rounds.

The closed auditions took place at the Muhammad Ali Center.  It’s a very colorful location that “features an interactive museum, educational programming, and special events to inspire young adults and adults to pursue greatness in their own lives, communities and countries.”

Additionally, the judges met the Mayor, palled around with local firefighters and had their faces carved into pumpkins by an expert. Also, Season 16 runner up Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Top 24 singer Layla Spring (and her sister Dyxie) were on location to give hopefuls encouragement and advice.

Louisville is the third stop on the country-wide American Idol judges round tour.  Each city features auditions in a landmark location. For instance, the first stop, Denver, happened at Wings over the Rockies, Air and Space Museum. The second spot, in Idaho, took place on gorgeous Lake Coeur d’Alene. And now Idol in Louisville finds its fighting spirit at the Muhammad Ali Center.

FUN FACT: The company that owns American Idol, Core Media once owned Muhammad Ali Enterprises.

Here’s an upload of American Idol’s Instagram story which covers all three days of auditions. The 7 minute clip is great overview of the venue, not to mention cast hijinks. Host Ryan Seacrest arrives a little late, due to his busy, busy schedule (i.e. 1 zillion jobs).

The Courier Journal talks to the judges

Ryan Seacrest Talks

WHAS Talks to TEAM ADAM from Dayton Ohio

“I’ve literally been doing this since I was 5,” says Adam. And it shows.

Adam again. For whatever reason, producers have put this singer front and center. The reporter also talks to a singer/songwriter named Lauren.

Chat with a Producer AND ADAM AGAIN

New Hampshire Idol winner takes in the Louisville sights. Check out her VIDEO HERE.

Lionel Katy and Luke hang out with some Louisville fire fighters. They ride in the truck and wear cool hats.

Katie celebrates her birthday, takes to a pinata with a Louisville slugger

OVER NINETY MINUTES OF PUMPKIN CARVING. I’m not even kidding. LIVE pumpkin carving!


Caleb Lee Hutchinson in the House

The Set

The Judges play on Fire Trucks

Lionel visits Ali’s Childhood Home

Meeting the Mayor

Ryan Gets in a Little Boxing

Ryan Memorialized on a Pumpkin

Katie Perry Buys a Lottery Ticket (ahead of the big billion dollar prize. Spoiler Alert: She didn’t win)

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