The auditions for Season 18 of American Idol aired from February 16, 2020 to March 15, 2020.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Originally retrieved from ABC's press site:

In the highly-anticipated premiere episode, viewers embarked on a nation-wide journey across Savannah, Georgia; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles, California; and Sunriver, Oregon, where the show's iconic judge auditions surprised audiences with never-before-seen twists. Those auditioning for the coveted ticket to Hollywood include a subway performer from Harlem who gives one of the most emotional auditions in Idol history; a garbage collector with no experience who heads to the streets of Savannah, alongside host Ryan Seacrest, to warm up for his audition; and a hopeless romantic who encounters her own fairy tale twist during her audition as she sings from the heart.

Savannah Auditions[edit | edit source]

Successful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Camryn Leigh Smith 31026 16 Acworth, GA Lionel:  

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Doug Kiker 31004 27 Mobile, AL Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Meghan Fitton 31015 23 Brooklyn, NY Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Cyniah Elise 31009 17 Atlanta, GA Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Kay Genyse 21022 19 High Point, NC Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: X.png

Hannah Prestridge 24 Rockdale, TX Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Kimmy Gabriela 31003 17 Lakeland, FL Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Lauren Mascitti 21010 27 Nashville, TN Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Courtney Timmons 21036 22 Harris Neck, GA Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Shannon Gibbons 21005 20 Bellport, NY Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Jimmy Levy 31029 21 Miami, FL Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Aliana Jester 21003 18 Tampa, FL Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Unsuccessful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Curt Jones 23 Rockdale, TX Lionel:  X.png

Katy:  X.png

Luke: Check.png

Ryan Harmon 21001 24 Lamar, AR Lionel:  X.png

Katy:  X.png

Luke: X.png

Justin Oliver 31006 24 Tuscaloosa, AL Lionel:  X.png

Katy:  X.png

Luke: X.png

Milwaukee Auditions[edit | edit source]

Successful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Arthur Gunn 21042 21 Wichita, KS Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Genavieve Linkowski 41137 20 Goodrich, MI Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Danny La Rota 41103 24 Birmingham, AL Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Mosean Wilson 41140 23 Springfield, IL Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Ren Patrick 21008 26 Cypress, TX Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Grace Leer 21024 27 Nashville, TN Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Franklin Boone 21037 27 Durham, NC Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Unsuccessful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Saveria 41113 22 London, ON Lionel:  X.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: X.png

Claire Jolie Goodman 41129 16 Mount Prospect, IL Lionel:  X.png

Katy:  X.png

Luke: X.png

Isaiah Grass 41132 29 Aiken, SC Lionel:  X.png

Katy:  X.png

Luke: X.png

Jafar Hurambi 21022 17 Chicago Heights, IL Lionel:  X.png

Katy:  X.png

Luke: X.png

Washington Auditions[edit | edit source]

Successful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Louis Knight 41032 19 Philadelphia, PA Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Just Sam 41038 20 Harlem, NY Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Kyle Tanguay 41054 21 Rochester, NH Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Julia Gargano 41016 21 Staten Island, NY Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Emma Kate 61090 22 Sweet Home, OR Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Zack Dobbins 41030 18 Clay, WV Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Megan Knight 21 Williamston, NJ Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Gilberto Rivera 41061 23 Orlando, FL Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  X.png

Luke: Check.png

Jahzan 41050 18 Kingston, Jamaica Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Unsuccessful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Alisa Ermolaev 41027 28 Queens, NY Lionel:  X.png

Katy:  X.png

Luke: X.png

Los Angeles Auditions[edit | edit source]

Successful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Nick Merico 41138 23 Woodland Hills, CA Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Margie Mays 51020 26 Wilmington, DE Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  X.png

Luke: Check.png

Jonny West 51021 23 Murrieta, CA Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Sarah Isen 41105 20 Berkeley, CA Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Amelia 41124 23 Phoenix, AZ Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Erin Kirby 41129 16 Jasper, GA Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Jordan Jones 31074 26 Scottsdale, AZ Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Dillon James 31051 26 Bakersfield, CA Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Geena 41128 27 Los Angeles, CA Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Makayla Phillips 17 Temecula, CA Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Devon Alexander 22 Sonora, CA Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Sophia Wackerman 41103 20 Long Beach, CA Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Olivia Ximines 51001 16 Menifee, CA Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Marna Michele 41136 27 Costa Mesa, CA Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Roselyn Carter 51008 26 Watts, CA Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Unsuccessful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Hunter Gibson "The Comeback" 41106 23 Arcadia, CA Lionel:  X.png

Katy:  X.png

Luke: X.png

Eliza Catastrophe 31070 28 Spokane, WA Lionel:  X.png

Katy:  X.png

Luke: X.png

Jared Lettow 41104 26 Santa Barbara, CA Lionel:  X.png

Katy:  X.png

Luke: X.png

Lou Dawg 31100 23 Oahu, HI Lionel:  X.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: X.png

Luke Stafford 41139 25 Anderson, IN Lionel:  X.pngKaty:  X.png

Luke: X.png

Sunriver Auditions[edit | edit source]

Successful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Francisco Martin 51065 18 San Francisco, CA Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Jovin Webb 28 Gonzales, LA Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Lauren Spencer-Smith 51067 16 Vancouver Island, BC Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke:  Check.png

DeWayne Crocker Jr. 51074 23 Pensacola, FL Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Alejandro Garrido 26 Pembroke Pines, FL Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Kat Luna 19 Miami, FL Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Robert Taylor 51075 27 Donaldsonville, LA Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Jordan Moyes 61077 25 Provo, UT Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Demi Rae 61079 26 San Jose, CA Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Makayla Brownlee 51058 17 Wellington, KS Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Amber Fiedler 61058 23 Coeur d'Alene, ID Lionel:  Check.png

Katy:  Check.png

Luke: Check.png

Unsuccessful[edit | edit source]

Name Contestant # Age Hometown Judges' Votes
Tavia 29 Compton, CA Lionel:  X.png

Katy: X.png

Luke: X.png

Nash 51061 18 Newman Lake, WA Lionel:  

X.png

Katy: X.png

Luke: X.png

A grand total of 167 televised contestants received a Golden Ticket in Season 18.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • During the Sunriver auditions, a fire drill occurred after the judges smelled gas in the auditorium. After everyone was evacuated, the fire department arrived and concluded that there was no danger. Katy Perry presented the firefighters with Golden Tickets as thanks for their work.
    • This marks the second time a fire drill occurred during the auditions, as one occurred during Jesaiah Baer's audition in Season 12, but it was a false alarm.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Season 18 Auditions/Gallery
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