“American Idol” returns for a second season on ABC with Ryan Seacrest hosting and Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie returning to judge the reality singing competition. Radio personality Bobby Bones returns to Idol to serve as the season long mentor to the contestants.
This season Idol stopped in Kentucky, Idaho – an Idol first, New York, California, and Colorado for auditions from singers looking to make their mark in music on the Idol stage.
Singing hopefuls used the piano, played the guitar, sag A Cappella, and even provided their own tracks as they auditioned for the judges.
After the season 17 premiere, the judges sent eleven singers to Hollywood with a golden ticket.
On a special Wednesday episode another 12 singers got their golden tickets to Hollywood.