American Idol

American Idol returns Sunday; meet the singers

Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, with a surprise guest perched on his shoulder, at the American Idol Season 21 auditions. (ABC Photo)

Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, with a surprise guest perched on his shoulder, at the American Idol Season 21 auditions. (ABC Photo)


American Idol returns to ABC Sunday night at 8 p.m. when we’ll meet the first batch of Hollywood-bound Season 21 contestants.

Back as Idol judges for the sixth straight season will be the trio of Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.

And Idol has already leaked videos featuring the auditions of two golden ticket recipients, Haven Madison and Colin Stough.

Haven, 16, from Clarksville, Tenn., dazzles the judges with an original song called “Fifteen.” Lionel commends her a “magical voice” and on her “incredible” song-writing ability.

And that isn’t just American Idol hyperbole, folks. “Fifteen” is an amazing song and one Haven has already released, complete with a music video you can check out here.

The other leaked audition features Colin Stough, 18, from the Amory, Mississippi. He auditioned with “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, showing off a nice tone, a bit of rasp and lots of vocal firepower on the chorus.

He, too, had the Idol judges raving over his raw talent. “You’ve got the magic in you,” Katy told Colin. He’s bound for Hollywood after getting unanimous yes votes from the judges.

Based on photos ABC has already released from Sunday’s show, those are two of about a dozen contestants we’ll meet. Others will likely include Megan Daneille and Michael Williams, both of whom previously competed on The Voice.

I’ve compiled profiles of nearly 50 Season 21 Idol contestants rumored to have done well on the show. Links to those appear below. Like Haven, several have already released music you can listen to now.

Adin Boyer

Alexis “Lexi” Stephens

Austin Markham

Beckett Rex

Brayden King

Caden Glover

Cameron Osterloh

Caroline Kole

Colin Stough

Dawson Wayne

Destiny Reeves

Elijah McCormick

Elise Kristine

Emma Busse

Fire Willmore

Hannah Nicolaisen

Haven Madison

Isaac Brown

J. Valerione

Jayna Brown

Kayleigh Clark

Kaylin Hedges

Kenley Brown

Kya Monee

Malik Heard

Mariah Faith

Marybeth Byrd

Matt Wilson

Megan Danielle

Michael Williams

Nailyah Serenity

Nutsa Buzaladze

Oliver Steele

Olivia Soli


Preston Duffee

Rebecca Brunner

Samuel Harness

Stefan Benz

Summer Joy

Trey Louis

Tripp Taylor

Tyson Venegas

Warren Peay

Wé McDonald

William Guy Tongi

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