American Idol 2019 Preview: Contestant Montage and More (VIDEO)

I took a peep at the American Idol 2019 preview special that aired on ABC today as part of the network’s big Oscar extravaganza. It was worth watching. Titled, American Idol: A New Journey Begins, the show featured several clips of hopefuls auditioning for the judges, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.

I put together a short montage of singers. Enjoy it before TPTB block it. Heh.

A couple of fun tidbits from the special:

  • The judges discuss returning season 16 contestants. Katy said, “There are quite a few people that we said no to…that actually took our advice and came back. More than half of them got through.
  • The special confirms that season 16 standouts Laine Hardy and Alyssa Raghu auditioned and got through.
  • Also, season 16 runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Top 14 contestant Dennis Lorenzo accompanied friends to the judges auditions. About how his life has changed since the competition, Dennis says, “It’s incredibly different. American Idol has definitely changed my life for the better.  Dennis’ friend is his babysitter! 
  • The format of the show had host Ryan Seacrest asking the panel questions. Lots of fluff, but enough spoilery bits in between made it worth the watch.

Dennis’ babysitter:

Dennis Lorenzo Babysitter

The new season of American Idol premieres on ABC Sunday March 3 at 8 pm.

Read more:

When Does American Idol 2019 Start? Full Season 17 Schedule
American Idol 2019 spoilers: Top 14 Contestant List
American Idol 2019 spoilers: Top 20 Solo and Celebrity Song Choices
American Idol 2019 spoilers: Showcase Round Contestant List with Songs

UPDATE: Check out the FULL EPISODE here:

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