‘American Idol’ returns with its final episode of auditions for Season 22

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“American Idol” returns on Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC, with Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan setting out to find the next American Idol. March 24 is the last week of auditions before Hollywood Week.

The episode showed much new talent, and there was hope for many contestants to be the next American Idol. 

Many of the contestants in this episode were young, and it really shows the future of music. Over 30 performances occurred in this episode, and here are the top 10 best performances from episode five of Season 22. 

Liliana Tovar Dalton, 17, sings an original song called “5%.” She sounds very similar to Olivia Rodrigo, which is desirable in today’s music for teenage girls. The judges want to see if Dalton has a broader range and ask to hear her sing “Someone Like You” by Adele. Throughout both songs, she sounds lovely and shows off more range in the second song. 

Brant McCollough, 16, sings “Fire Away” by Chris Stapleton. McCullough has a powerful voice and plays the guitar. His voice is very raspy, which gives it the perfect country music sound. 

Carmen Olivia, 16, sings “Oscar Winning Tears” by Raye. Olivia has an incredible voice for her age, and if you did not know her age, you would think she was older because of the mature sound coming out of her. 

Garrison Bennett, 18, sings “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder. His voice is very clear, and he immediately has a retro look. He is very good at riffs and hitting every note individually. He sounds similar to Stevie Wonder and looks similar to Lionel Richie. 

Jayna Elise returned for more after competing last season and getting eliminated, going into the top 24—the 22-year-old sings “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. The judges give her a standing ovation as she sings, but another song may have been a better choice if she wants to show off her talent. 

Not only does the episode include the auditions, but there are bits the judges do as well to change the episode’s pace. All three judges take a trip to a beautiful garden where Katy Perry explains the history of the garden, and Lionel Richie gets lost while exploring. 

Moments like this make the show less repetitive and allow for a break, which is needed when watching auditions for an extended period. 

Isaiah Case, 22, sings an original song titled “What Could I Do.” His country voice is raspy, similar to Chris Stapleton’s, and his lyrics are passionate. 

Cate Gartner, an 18-year-old from Texas, sings an original song titled “The Place Where I Call Home.” She sounds very similar to Kelsey Ballerini and Kacey Musgraves, who are very likable in country music. She is a teen mom and wrote this song for her son, giving so much more emotion behind the lyrics. 

Sisters Mia and Jacy Matthews, 18 and 17, audition together. 

Jacy sings “Help Me Make It Through The Night” by Sammi Smith individually. Although she sounds a little flat on some notes, her voice is powerful. 

Mia auditions with “No Place That Far” by Sarah Evans and plays guitar for herself and her sister. She is incredible, making the female country music competition on the show very tough. 

The judges say both could have more power in their voices and sound slightly timid, but they also say positive things. 

Jordan Anthony, 18, sings “Forget Me” by Lewis Capaldi. Anthony has a very clear and delicate voice that sounds very similar to Capaldi himself. His distinctive voice sets him apart from other contestants. 

This episode showed much young talent, and the upcoming season should be very competitive and entertaining. The most promising of this week’s contestants is Jordan Anthony. He may have the potential to be the next American Idol or at least the top five. 

Stay tuned on Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. Pacific time to see if Anthony will win it all.