'American Idol' Recap: A Platinum Ticket Given to Superstar-Like Contestant

More hopefuls perform in front of the judges, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, in the second episode of season 22 of the long-running singing competition show.

AceShowbiz - Season 22 of "American Idol" returned for a new episode on Sunday, February 25. The first contestant to perform in front of the judges, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, that night was Hailey Mia, a 16-year-old singer who used to finish in the Top 4 on "The Voice".

For her audition, Hailey opted to sing Katy's song "Rise" and it was so amazing that Katy called her performance "inspirited." She added, "Full body chills, even in places where I've been botoxed!" Luke, meanwhile, called it his favorite so far. Unsurprisingly, Hailey got 3 yes from the judges.

Following it up was Dawson Slade, who chose to sing "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack. Luke loved his guitar playing. Katy praised his performance, but she told him that she wanted more "attack." Luke then asked Dawson to sing another song, and the hopeful then sang "Something Else Will" by Justin Moore. Katy and Luke gave him a yes, but Lionel apparently wasn't convinced just yet.

Singing "Wait a Minute" by Willow Smith was Nya. The Broadway singer sang the song in a jazzy pop style and Luke loved it. "You don't sound Broadway. You are a massive singer," he said. Luke wasn't the only one who was impressed by Nya as she advanced to the next round with 3 yes.

Roman Collins then performed a soulful take of "Living for the City" by Stevie Wonder. Katy was impressed by Roman's surprising range and Luke loved his voice. Lionel, on the other hand, called him a "light and a vibe." Roman moved on after earning 3 yes.

Later, Noah Peters arrived in front of the judges to sing Chris Stapleton's "Broken Halos" with country singer Colin Stough who walked in the room. Katy said, "It's going to need some layers, some chippity chop!" As for Lionel, he told Noah to stay true to his lane. Noah got 3 yes.

Emmy Russell, meanwhile, opted to sing an original song titled "Skinny". Emmy revealed that Loretta Lynn is her grandmother. Unlike her late grandmother who was a country singer, Emmy is a pop singer/songwriter. The judges loved her beautiful tone and she was sent to the next round.

Up next was Ziggy, who belted out "Million Reasons" by Lady GaGa for his audition. The singer, who said he isn't taken seriously in his home country Netherlands, got a standing ovation from the judges. He got 3 yes.

Other performers included Justice Murphy, KB as well as Jon and Trey Lindsey. Justice sang "Summertime" by Billie Holiday. KB chose "Something in the Orange" by Zach Bryan, while the Lindsey duo performed "Shout Pts 1 and 2" by The Isaly Brothers. Justice and KB moved on, but the Lindseys failed to advance.

Later, Abby Blake hoped to impress the judges with her performance of Pink's "What About Us". She was a little bit pitchy even though she has a beautiful tone. While Katy said no, the two other judges gave Abby a yes. Also advancing was Sam 'Kayko' Kelly-Cohen, who got 3 yes over his performance of an original song titled "Time of Your Life".

The final performer that night was Abi Carter. She chose to sing "What Was I Made For?" by Billie Eilish. Katy said that she's the perfect example of singing from her heart. Lionel, meanwhile, called Abi a "superstar" and "the best he's ever heard." The judges surprised Abi when she was given a Platinum Ticket.

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