Despite Fox's Counterprogramming: Strong Return for 'American Idol

LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS — Episode 655

Name the coronation song by the Season 14 victor?

Ron, a 21-year-old entrepreneur originally from Congo who now resides in Plano, TX, sang "Let It Go" by James Bay. And that was that.

American Idol continues next Sunday night on ABC with more auditions.

The 10 p.m. premiere lost 43 percent of its "Idol" lead-in, but in drawing 6.1 million viewers and a 1.3 in the 18-to-49 demo, "Deception" wiped the floor with NBC's returning sci-fi effort "Timeless" (0.9) and CBS's veteran Beltway potboiler "Madam Secretary" (0.8). Carrie Underwood, the franchise's last true superstar, does the honors of dropping words of inspiration over the segment. You can also live stream on ABC official website (only for viewers located within the United States and its territories), HULU or PlayStation Vue.

Is Ryan Seacrest going to be there? "I've waited a lifetime for this".

And it wasn't just his physical condition that began to heal, but his heart as well, after he received a letter from an old friend named Christie, who came back into his life after hearing about his situation. She's next in line to inherit her family's furniture store, but won't have to if she can make it as a singer.

Auditions were held in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles and Orlando. And Lionel hugged her. She sang Ariana Grande's "Almost Is Never Enough" with professionalism far beyond her years.

Next up is musical theater actress Koby - no last name needed, apparently - a Denver native keen on referring to herself in third person. "I think in the past there was some of that and maybe taking advantage of people..." Auditions were done to enable the vocalists to showcase their talents. He started playing guitar when he was 16 years old. The then-preteen Texan butchered the National Anthem during a nationally televised soccer game. It was a moment that was about to get even better.

Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan are at the judges' table this time around and fortunately - or maybe unfortunately - there isn't a Simon Cowell-type in the bunch. Katy announces that Harper is "kind of like a dream for Hollywood to carve out", which sounds more menacing than complimentary, to be honest. Despite these ominous words, the music legend and his two cohorts send Layla through.

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In L.A., we see two polar opposites: sullen rocker Nico Bones and jolly farm boy Noah Davis. Naturally, this gets "I Kissed A Girl" singer Katy to sneakily plant one on the flabbergasted singer.

"I thought, 'Everything's over". Katy's only response is a hearty belch.

William Casanova, 26, Washington, DC: A woman's shoe salesman, he charmed the judges with his smooth, flirtatious personality, and earned a golden ticket by singing Donny Hathaway's "A Song For You".

"I know, wig, I feel that already", Perry said.

"There are incredible voices on the show this year", said Kris Pooley.

Will Katy repeat the act in the upcoming auditions? Luke is utterly confused at this unusual and foreign terminology.

Ron Bultongez is a 22-year-old who emigrated from the Congo 10 years ago. "What do you do with the stinky feet?" asked Luke. With Lionel also on board, Alyssa sails on through to Hollywood.

Luckily, in the first episode of Idol's 16th season, very little has changed. Sock-obsessed Zack auditions in NY. The current season of NBC's The Voice, featuring first Idol victor Kelly Clarkson as mentor, drew a 2.8 in 18-49 and 12.3 million viewers (L+SD) in its debut a couple of weeks ago. Like Turner, Lorenzo says Katy Perry is HIS idol. He left Waterford and moved out to California at the age of 24.

America Idol is officially back.

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