Season 2 American Idol Finalist Kimberley Locke Recaps American Idol Premiere

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And while that's a fraction of the audience "Idol" regularly served up back in its mid-aughts heyday, the TV turnout marked a significant upgrade for ABC's Sunday 8-10 p.m. lineup, which season-to-date is averaging just 4.5 million viewers and a 1.0 in the demo.

ABC's "American Idol" premiere drew plenty of eyeballs Sunday, even as Fox - where "Idol" used to air - ran programming that was seen by many observers as a direct attempt to dampen enthusiasm for ABC's reboot.

When he entered the room, Luke Bryan instantly said that Trevor was a "dreamboat" and Katy added that her eyes lit up.

"I've never been in a relationship", he told the trio of judges.

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Interestingly, Benjamin Glaze, a 19-year-old contestant from Enid, was one of the unsuccessful candidates but looked visibly happy after receiving a kiss from Katy Perry. He gave the performance his all, but the judges decided not to send him on to Hollywood for the next round of competition.

Perry immediately replied, "Come here, Benjamin".

After composing himself, Glaze began his audition singing Nick Jonas's hit "Levels".

"I really enjoyed meeting you today", Perry said. Next time just take your time.

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Variety reports Nielsen overnight data shows the season premiere on Sunday had a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.3 million viewers.

Since Tulsa was among the audition sites for the "Idol" reboot previous year, we can expect to see more Oklahomans on the show as the televised tryouts continue.

The Season 16 "Idol" auditions continue at 7 tonight on ABC.

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