American Idol 2020 Premiere Preview: Meet the Contestants! (PHOTOS)


American Idol returns to ABC for season 18 on Sunday Feb 16 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST). Returning this season are all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, as well as Ryan Seacrest as host. Radio personality Bobby Bones will return to his role as in-house mentor.

American Idol 2020 Preview! See a List of Singers Appearing on the Premiere

Who will appear on the upcoming American Idol premiere? Check out a gallery of photos from the episode below. 

In the first American Idol episode of the season viewers will embark on a nation-wide journey across Savannah, Georgia; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles, California; and Sunriver, Oregon. Those auditioning for the coveted ticket to Hollywood include a subway performer from Harlem who gives one of the most emotional auditions in Idol history; a garbage collector with no experience who heads to the streets of Savannah, alongside host Ryan Seacrest, to warm up for his audition; and a hopeless romantic who encounters her own fairy tale twist during her audition as she sings from the heart.

YES THERE ARE American Idol 2020 SPOILERS!

Check em out below. But KEEP SPOILER TALK under the spoiler posts. Thank you very much!

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American Idol 2020 Premiere Auditioners

See if you can match up the hopeful to the description~ Or watch this extended promo, where several hopefuls make their debut. 

Francisco Martin – Singer/Songwriter based in San Francisco. Check out a few of his originals HERE. – Instagram 

Nick Merico – Nick nabbed a golden ticket last year, but dropped out of the competition “due to a family situation.” He told the Colt show he had a record deal. But obviously not! Because he’s back. A few years ago, he starred in the Nickelodeon show, “Every Witch Way.” But dropped out of the competition.   –  American Idol S17InstagramYoutubeFormer Nickelodeon actor

Hunter Gibson – He’s a “self described emo guy,” according to a local news interview he uploaded on Instagram. His style is pop/punk- Instagram

Just Sam – In the extended promo, Sam describes how she grew up in the projects, and her mother landed in jail before belting out “We Will Rise,” and then breaking down! – Instagram

Alisa Ermolaev – Hmmm. I smell a joke contestant. Alisa is an actress/model who has appeared on Ray Donovan, Elementary and more. – Instagram

Louis Knight – British born, Philadelphia based pop singer/songwriter. He comes from a family with “roots in the music industry.” He released his first single “Just Kiss Me” in 2019. – InstagramYoutubeWebsite

Arthur Gunn – He sings “Have You Ever Seen the Rain in the extended promo. He’s got a Phillip Phillips (Season 11 winner) vibe. – FacebookYoutube

Saveria –  An R&B singer from Ontario, Canada, Saveria appeared on season 2 of The Launch, the Canadian music competition created by former American Idol mentor, Scott Borchetta. – The show released her song “Down to the Roots.” last February.

Doug Kiker – “I’m a garbage man!” Doug declares in the extended promo. 

Meghan Fitton – Meghan hails from Foxboro, Massachusetts and attended the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Her first EP is coming out in March. – FacebookVideoWebsite

Camryn Leigh Smith – Big White Room by Jesse James – A Georgia native, Camryn likes music by Adele, Jessie J and Sam Smith. She released a single titled “A Way Out” in 2019. – InstagramYoutubeFacebook



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