Judges Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan were impressed by Raghunandanâ€™s soulful rendition
Alyssa Raghunandan, the 15-year-old Indian American girl who took the judges of American Idol for a musical treat in the audition earlier this month, is all set to begin her journey with the music reality show that will go live in April from Hollywood.
The auditions for the new season of American Idol has closed and the talks are about the contestants who made it to the big stage in Hollywood, which will ultimately decide the winner.
Season 16 of American Idol has superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie on a task to discover a new crop of inspiring talent.
American Idol will have an award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest as the host of the live shows that will begin in Hollywood in late April.
Raghunandan is the daughter of Hansraj Dennis Raghunandan, a former Crew Chief at the US Air Force and now the owner of World Automotive Services, Inc., a company based in Orlando, Florida.She released her first song ‘Leave’ in 2017, which is available on iTunes and Spotify.
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Judges Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan were impressed by Raghunandanâ€™s soulful rendition of ‘Almost is never enough’ by Ariana Grande, giving her the golden card to Hollywood.
American Idol created a reality show revolution across the world and it is considered as one of the pioneering reality shows. The upcoming season of the show will be aired on Indian televisions via Zee Cafe.
As of now, the show has received 13 Grammys, over 61 million album sales, 47 Platinum records, 95 Gold records, 444 Billboard No. 1 hits, 257 million digital downloads, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award.
Alyssa Raghu is a sophomore at Lake Nona High School. Her parents were divorced when she was just two years old and she has been living with her father, who happens to be her â€œbest friendâ€ ever since. She also says in her American Idol introduction video that in the absence of her mother it was her dad who supported her in music endeavor, helping her in achieving dreams and finally getting through the auditions, which she said is a dream come true for her.
Katy Perry, the first to give feedback after the song said, â€œSound that good in 15. Your voice is going to grow, it is going to grow till you are 21â€. â€œAll of my hairs on my legs, I have to go and shave my legs now. They just grew an inch and a half, because I full-body felt what you were singing,â€ she added.
Soon after getting out of the audition hall the emotions went high for the dad-daughter duo with Dennis saying he is so proud of Alyssa. In the video, Raghunandan can be heard saying, â€œseeing my father feeling so proud, thatâ€™s all I wantedâ€