This "American Idol" contestant's first kiss was with judge Katy Perry

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Well, next time is here a mere two years later, now on ABC with new judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, as well as returning host Ryan Seacrest, so let's get right into it!

Season two finalist and CT resident Kimberley Locke gives us a whole recap.

Auditions were held in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles and Orlando.

Aside from the new set of judges, American Idol is pretty much the same. She performed her own song titled "21st Century Machine", which received a compliment from Richie.

As a new age of "American Idol" begins, we look back on some of the best past auditions. The banter, the bartering, and the competition between the judges consistently overtake the proceedings on "The Voice", and even Kelly Clarkson [VIDEO] voiced reservations about the 2018 incarnation of the competition that she took in the first year, going head-to-head with her current station on "The Voice".

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Benjamin started his performance a bit flustered by the unplanned kiss, and all three judges declined to send him to Hollywood. The judges don't think he's ready for Hollywood, but at least he got a first kiss out of the deal.

For Catie Turner, what really stood out to me was how intriguing of a songwriter she is. Her original song, "Never Stop", which was, in fact, one sentence, "The devil never stops coming after you", was delivered with such powerful ferocity that it overpowered the panel.

"I know, wig, I feel that already", Perry said. He became Katy Perry's music director and that led to the show.

Zachary, a 16-year-old high school student from Wesley Chapel, FL, walked into the audition with a high speaking voice. Katy and Treavor did some major flirting, but alas, he has a girlfriend.and a golden ticket.

All of this said, neither Benjamin or Nico hold a candle to Sardor Milano, 26, who somehow won The X Factor in Russian Federation a few years ago. The judges believe she has the vocal chops, but want her to prepare herself for the rigors and disappointments of showbiz. We've also introduced you to 26-year-old Dennis Lorenzo from West Philadelphia. He strums his battered guitar and sings a star-making rendition of "Unaware" by Allen Stone.

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