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

Summary Edit

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

Successful Edit

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

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Doug Kiker 31004 27 Mobile, AL Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Meghan Fitton 31015 23 Brooklyn, NY Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Cyniah Elise 31009 17 Atlanta, GA Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Kay Genyse 21022 19 High Point, NC Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: X

Hannah Prestridge 24 Rockdale, TX Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Kimmy Gabriela 31003 17 Lakeland, FL Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Lauren Mascitti 21010 27 Nashville, TN Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Courtney Timmons 21036 22 Harris Neck, GA Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Shannon Gibbons 21005 20 Bellport, NY Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Jimmy Levy 31029 21 Miami, FL Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Aliana Jester 21003 18 Tampa, FL Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Unsuccessful Edit

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

Katy:  X

Luke: Check

Ryan Harmon 21001 24 Lamar, AR Lionel:  X

Katy:  X

Luke: X

Justin Oliver 31006 21 Tuscaloosa, AL Lionel:  X

Katy:  X

Luke: X

Milwaukee Auditions Edit

Successful Edit

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

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Genavieve Linkowski 41137 20 Goodrich, MI Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Danny La Rota 41103 24 Birmingham, AL Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Mosean Wilson 41140 23 Springfield, IL Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Ren Patrick 21008 26 Cypress, TX Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Grace Leer 21024 27 Nashville, TN Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Franklin Boone 21037 27 Durham, NC Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Unsuccessful Edit

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

Katy:  Check

Luke: X

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

Katy:  X

Luke: X

Isaiah Grass 41132 29 Aiken, SC Lionel:  X

Katy:  X

Luke: X

Jafar Hurambi 21022 17 Chicago Heights, IL Lionel:  X

Katy:  X

Luke: X

Washington Auditions Edit

Successful Edit

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

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Just Sam 41038 20 Harlem, NY Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Kyle Tanguay 41054 21 Rochester, NH Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Julia Gargano 41016 21 Staten Island, NY Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Emma Kate 61090 22 Sweet Home, OR Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Zack Dobbins 41030 18 Clay, WV Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Megan Knight 21 Williamston, NJ Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Gilberto Rivera 41061 23 Orlando, FL Lionel:  Check

Katy:  X

Luke: Check

Jahzan 41050 18 Kingston, Jamaica Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Unsuccessful Edit

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

Katy:  X

Luke: X

Los Angeles Auditions Edit

Successful Edit

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

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Margie Mays 51020 26 Wilmington, DE Lionel:  Check

Katy:  X

Luke: Check

Jonny West 51021 23 Murrieta, CA Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Sarah Isen 41105 20 Berkeley, CA Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Amelia 41124 23 Phoenix, AZ Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Erin Kirby 41129 16 Jasper, GA Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Jordan Jones 31074 26 Scottsdale, AZ Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Dillon James 31051 26 Bakersfield, CA Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Geena 41128 27 Los Angeles, CA Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Makayla Phillips 17 Temecula, CA Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Devon Alexander 22 Sonora, CA Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Sophia Wackerman 41103 20 Long Beach, CA Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Olivia Ximines 51001 16 Menifee, CA Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Marna Michele 41136 27 Costa Mesa, CA Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Roselyn Carter 51008 26 Watts, CA Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Unsuccessful Edit

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

Katy:  X

Luke: X

Eliza Catastrophe 31070 28 Spokane, WA Lionel:  X

Katy:  X

Luke: X

Jared Lettow 41104 26 Santa Barbara, CA Lionel:  X

Katy:  X

Luke: X

Lou Dawg 31100 23 Oahu, HI Lionel:  X

Katy:  Check

Luke: X

Luke Stafford 41139 25 Anderson, IN Lionel:  XKaty:  X

Luke: X

Sunriver Auditions Edit

Successful Edit

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

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Jovin Webb 28 Gonzales, LA Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

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

Katy:  Check

Luke:  Check

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

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Alejandro Garrido 26 Pembroke Pines, FL Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Kat Luna 19 Miami, FL Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Robert Taylor 51075 27 Donaldsonville, LA Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Jordan Moyes 61077 25 Provo, UT Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Demi Rae 61079 26 San Jose, CA Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Makayla Brownlee 51058 17 Wellington, KS Lionel:  Check

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

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

Katy:  Check

Luke: Check

Unsuccessful Edit

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

Katy: X

Luke: X

Nash 51061 18 Newman Lake, WA Lionel:  

X

Katy: X

Luke: X

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

TriviaEdit

  • 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.

GalleryEdit

Main article: Season 18 Auditions/Gallery
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