American Idol 2022: See Who’s Going To Hollywood From Episode 2

LOS ANGELES – Week 2 of auditions is underway american idol from Nashville, Austin and Los Angeles featured a candidate who left Katy Perry speechless and Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie in awe.


Kenedi Anderson is from Virginia and auditioned in Los Angeles. She’s 17 and initially looks like any other candidate with a compelling backstory.

And then she starts playing the piano and singing and wows the jury!

“What’s the name of your fans?” Perry asked after the performance.

“I don’t have any,” Kenedi replied, but Katy declares herself “Keni.”

Luke Bryan says she’s “maybe the biggest star we’ve ever seen”.

Miss America 2016 opened the show and even brought her crown! After winning Miss America, Betty Maxwell pursued a country music career in Nashville, and auditioned there.

Betty has a huge following tick tock where she not only sings, but makes impressions. She shared a few samples on the show before her audition.

She performed Kelly Clarkson’s A Moment Like This.

Leah Marlene, a Toronto native who moved to Normal, Illinois when she was young. She’s definitely NOT normal — “dumb and goofy,” as she puts it — but also anything but ordinary.

According to her bio, she grew up in a house full of music. Her father is a songwriter and lead guitarist for the Canadian band Honeymoon Suite. Leah has been performing since she was 10 and spent 2 years in Nashville where she studied music at Belmont University.

The 20-year-old sang two songs for the judges, including One Direction’s “Steal My Girl” and a song she wrote herself.

Mike Parker from Virginia comes from a musical family. He shared prior to the audition that his mother had recently become ill and it weighed on him. Zimmermann, 27, sang “Strawberry Wine” in hopes of getting his ticket to Hollywood.

He also got a hug and some advice from Lionel Richie.

“Simplicity is the key. They have all the makings to make it,” he said.

Kelsie Dolin lost her grandma last September and dedicated her audition to her memory. Kelsie said she wanted to be proud. The 18-year-old from West Virginia opened with Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece by Piece” and moved Lionel Richie to tears with her second song “When We Were Young” by Adele.

Luke Taylor has a huge tick tock following (nearly 2 million!) and a remarkably deep movie trailer voice.

The 20-year-old Liberty University student sang Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” for his audition.

Aaron Westberry is a South Carolina grocer who overwhelms the judges with his energy but impresses with his rendition of Sam Hunt’s 2016.

“I have a very serious question to ask you,” said Lionel Richie. “Do you like working in the produce department? Do you just have a passion for these products?”

“No,” laughs Westberry.

“So you really want to be on American Idol?” Richie asked.

Westberry let out a slightly embarrassed “Yes” before replying more emphatically, “YES!”

“You see, passion is key here,” Richie advised.

19-year-old Allegra Miles performed an original song in hopes of earning her golden ticket to Hollywood.

Christian Guardino is a New Yorker who won the Grand Prize at the 2014 Amateur Night at The Apollo Stars of Tomorrow at the Apollo Theater. At 21, he hopes to be the next idol but also admitted he was more of a wreck than his mother, who traveled with him to auditions.

When it was over Christian got the second hug of the night from Lionel Richie!

Episode 2 ended with Lady K from Alabama, also known as Kezia Istonia, has been making music since she was 8 years old. At 25 she has already released 4 solo albums but dreams of becoming the next idol.

She received the third hug of the night from Lionel and shared her emotional story of growing up as the eldest daughter of a single mother and the tragic death of her brother. She said Katy Perry’s ‘Wide Awake’ for her audition.

Check out the next one american idol on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT | 7pm CT on your local ABC station and the next day on Hulu.

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