It's possible they said no to hundreds of singers, but in two hours we saw exactly four noes - and Lionel turned into a hugging machine. David Francisco, 25, lives in Nashville, Tennessee and was hit by a vehicle and paralyzed from the waist down. Now he's able to walk with the help of crutches. And there's also Christina Jones, an 18-year-old who should be commended for her audition. The new ABC judges are Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, and Ryan Seacrest is still your host (for now, at least). She got to the finals on America's Got Talent in 2014 when she was just 12. At one point, he weighed 390 pounds and considered taking his own life, but instead, he turned himself around and lost 162 pounds and counting. This time he sings "Don't You Worry Child", and Lionel Richie gives him a hug and a golden ticket.
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"I full-body felt what you were singing", Katy Perry said.
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Construction worker and singer-songwriter Trevor Holmes auditioned next, announcing his crush on Perry right off the bat. Sussett kicked off her audition performance by singing an a cappella song in Spanish, before she suddenly stopped to play music from her portable speaker.
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The American Idol auditions continue next week on ABC. It was then that Sussett asked the judges to stand up and dance with her. William Casanova, 26, is the next artist to audition, and he sings "A Song For You" for the judges. But it was his day job that had the judges fascinated.
"I love makeup's power to transform and empower", Katy tells PeopleStyle. All three judges are up dancing with her. And Lionel hugged her.