American Idol 2022 LIVE- Katy Perry & judges shocked as former contestant Nadia Turner's daughter Zaréh Isa auditions

American Idol 2022 LIVE- Katy Perry & judges shocked as former contestant Nadia Turner's daughter Zaréh Isa auditions

THE first audition of tonight's American Idol featured Nadia Turner's daughter, Zaréh Isa.

Nadia Turner was a top ten contestant in season four of the show, and her daughter took her to her audition without her even knowing.

Zaréh Isa impressed the judges and earned a golden ticket, following in the footsteps of her mother.

Meanwhile, the judges are being joined tonight by a rock legend.

Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx is taking part in the fun, as auditions are taking place in Los Angeles.

It comes after Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie, and Katy Perry were wowed by Cadence Baker last week, while fellow hopeful Sam Finelli brought them to tears.

Baker sang Whitney Houston's I’m Your Baby Tonight, and her father played the guitar.

Finelli's audition was the last of the night, and after revealing that he has autism and was too afraid to audition, he delivered a performance that warranted a standing ovation from the judges.

“You were born enough,” said Lionel Richie. “Your handicap is your gift.”

Read our American Idol live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Jennifer Korn

    Fritz gets a golden ticket

    Katy said the chorus was very good and he has a lot of potential.

    However, she did say he needs to discover who he is as an artist.

    "I think that you deserve a shot, and it's a yes," said Katy.

    Luke voted no for now, but Lionel voted yes and he was given a golden ticket.

  • Jennifer Korn

    'Ready to perform on stage'

    Fritz is singing Before you go, by Lewis Capaldi.

    One Twitter fan said he is "ready to perform on stage"

  • Jennifer Korn

    Up next, Fritz Hager

    The 21-year-old security officer is from Texas.

    "I really just sit in a dark room for 12 hours a day," he said. "I do not want to be sitting in that room for the rest of my life."

  • Jennifer Korn

    'A Broadway babe'

    Kenzie sang I'm With You, by Avril Lavigne.

    Katy called her "a Broadway babe."

    The judges agreed she is more of a theatre performer and voted no to send her to Hollywood.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Up next, Kenzie Elizabeth

    The 20-year-old is from California and she is auditioning next.

    She brought her grandmother, and she said "music is my life."

  • Jennifer Korn

    Scaryoke!

    The judges are now doing a karaoke segment, dubbed "scaryoke".

    They are spinning a wheel and singing karaoke.

  • Jennifer Korn

    'Sam proved us wrong'

    The judges all agreed that Sam proved them wrong, after she gave an impressive audition tonight with an original song.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Katy becomes emotional

    The judge started tearing up when Sam started singing, and put on her t-shirt.

    "Goodbye is not good by me Sam!" said Kate.

    "Thank god you got so much better in such short amount of time," said Luke Bryan. "What ever I said in Austin, I take back."

    The judges gave her an enthusiastic "yes."

    Katy said her original was one of the best the judges have heard all season.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Former contestant returns

    A contestant who previously auditioned has returned to American Idol to give it another shot.

    "I'm not scared this time," said Sam Moss.

    She is singing an original song.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Fans adore Thomas

    One Twitter fan said he "has big golden retriever energy."

  • Jennifer Korn

    Katy sees something

    "You're a big personality," said Luke.

    "Forget the singing, you are an actor, you are someone's host," said Lionel.

    Katy said she disagrees with the other judges.

    "I learned how to bring it down, but know how to also have fun and light up a room."

    Katy voted yes and Luke voted no.

    Lionel voted yes, sending Thomas to Hollywood.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Up next, Thomas Patrick Moran

    Thomas introduced himself with some Irish step dancing, and his mother joined.

    He started by singing Chain of Fools, by Aretha Franklin.

    Katy stopped him and asked what his second song is.

    He is now singing River by Leon Bridges.

  • Jennifer Korn

    First golden ticket of the night!

    Nadia Turner thought she was going to the spa with her daughter, but now she is watching Zareh follow in her footsteps.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Nadia gets a handkerchief

    Lionel gave Zareh's mother a handkerchief after the audition.

    "From now on, I'm bringing two handkerchiefs," he said.

    "You killed that song," said Luke.

    "I think you have a real opportunity," said Katy.

    The judges voted to send Zareh to Hollywood.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Wearing the same outfit

    Zareh made sure to wear the same top that her mother wore for her audition in 2004.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Former contestant's daughter up first

    Season four's top ten finalist Nadia Turner just found out her daughter was auditioning for the show.

    Zareh Turner blindfolded her mother and surprised her.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Katy takes her supplements

    "You're not going to swallow all of those!" Lionel Richie said to Katy Perry, as she popped a bunch of pills at once.

  • Jennifer Korn

    Tune in!

    American Idol is now on and Nikki Sixx appeared right away, speaking with a contestant.

    The auditions took place on Sunset Blvd., in Los Angeles.

  • Jennifer Korn

    From The Voice to American Idol

    19-year-old Allegra Miles auditioned for American Idol in Episode 20, but this isn't her first time performing on TV.

    Allegra also auditioned for Season 18 of NBC's The Voice.

    The talented singer made it to the Top 9 before being voted out of the show.

    Allegra is progressing to Hollywood after the three American Idol judges called her a "real artist."

  • Jennifer Korn

    Who was the first contestant?

    Noah Thompson was the first contestant to audition for American Idol this season when the premiere aired last month.

    He is a construction worker from Kentucky and revealed that his friend signed him up for American Idol.

    Noah also got the first ticket to Hollywood.

  • H. J. Hayes

    American Idol's youngest winner

    Jordin Sparks won American Idol during its sixth season and became the show's youngest winner at just 17.

    Jordin beat out runner up Blake Lewis and third place winner Melinda Doolittle as she was crowned the winner.

    Her self-titled debut studio album went platinum and contained her top-ten singles Tattoo and No Air.

    Since then, she had released a further two albums, Battlefield and Right Here Right Now.

  • H. J. Hayes

    Kelly Clarkson's post-Idol career

    Clarkson rose to fame in 2002 after winning the first season of American Idol when she was 20 years old.

    She has since enjoyed a career in music, film, publishing, and television.

    She has released seven albums under RCA Records and enjoyed commercial success with hits such as Miss Independent, Heartbeat Song, and My Life Would Suck Without You.

    Kelly had a guest judge stint on The Voice, as well as authoring several children's books, and lending her voice to smash animated movie Trolls.

  • H. J. Hayes

    Will Bobby Bones be returning? 

    Bobby Bones, who was the fourth judge in the previous four seasons was removed due to conflicting commitments.

    In a now-expired Instagram post, Bones said, “Some of you noticed I’m not in the Idol promos this season. My contract (with) my new network won’t let me do another show right now. Love Idol, btw. Was a great 4 years.”

    Executive producer and showrunner Megan Wolflick said the show does not have another person lined up to take Bones’ place, but there are alternative ideas in the works to include former American Idol contestants and winners.

  • H. J. Hayes

    Who is the most famous winner?

    With numerous talented winners from American Idol, the two most successful are Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson.

    Underwood won season 4, and Clarkson won the first season, making the two today’s most iconic American Idol musicians.

  • H. J. Hayes

    From The Voice to American Idol

    19-year-old Allegra Miles auditioned for American Idol in Episode 20, but this isn’t her first time performing on TV.

    Allegra also auditioned for Season 18 of NBC’s The Voice.

    The talented singer made it to the Top 9 before being voted out of the show.

    Allegra is progressing to Hollywood after the three American Idol judges called her a “real artist.”

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