'American Idol' 2019 Spoilers & Recap: Walker Burroughs, Margie Mays, Uché & More – Who Is Going To Hollywood?

American Idol returns Sunday night for Season 2 with cross-country auditions. The season's premiere will kick off in Kentucky, then move onto Denver, Idaho and more. Find out who gets the first round of golden tickets to Hollywood when American Idol premieres on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

The first of four rounds of American Idol auditions will kick off with a performance by Walker Burroughs — a 20-year-old residential assistant at Belmont University in Nashville. The young musician makes his Idol debut with a rendition of Ben Rector's "Love Like This." Burroughs quickly showed that he is "Top 10 material" after showing off not only his vocal capabilities but his piano skills. 

"Wow, that was just so natural, cool, and effortless ... and dope, " judge Katy Perry began. "Walker, you have this Ben Folds, Billie Joel ... I think you're Top 10 material."

"There will be people at home captivated by this," judge Luke Bryan added.

"The possibilities of your talents is just amazing," judge Lionel Richie concluded.

American Idol Season 2 Premiere Walker Burroughs, 20, appears on the Season 2 premiere of 'American Idol,' airing March 3 at 8 p.m. ET. ABC/David Williamson

Following his audition, Bryan asked Burroughs if he knew any of Richie's songs. After referencing his childhood love of the "All Night Long" singer, thanks to his mom, the 20-year-old took to the piano again to perform "Hello."

"He's coming for your job," Perry joked to Richie.

"I'm very proud," Richie complimented the young singer. "But more than that, I'm excited for you because I want to put you in front of some talent."

"I got to sing 'Hello' with Lionel Richie and I made my mother tear up," Burroughs said to the camera. "That makes me a happy boy. A happy, happy boy."

Johanna Jones

Next up to audition is Las Vegas-native Johanna Jones. The 23-year-old In-N-Out worker shared her potato chip love and her emotional vocals with her rendition of Sam Smith's "I'm Not The Only One." 

"I'm scared for you, because the job you worked so hard for, you'll have to quit," Perry said, winking at Jones. 

"You've got the touch," Richie said.

The 23-year-old became the second contestant to receive the magical, golden ticket. 

"Those burgers are going to burn because this girl is going to Hollywood," Jones said to the camera. 

Johanna Jones ABC/Josh Vertucci

Kai The Singer

Born Khalifa Wilson, the 19-year-old has had far from an easy life; however, she remained extremely grateful and positive. Singing "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran.

Rightfully nervous, Kai was given a second chance to catch her breath. Putting down her guitar, the 19-year-old musician took to the piano to The Temptations' hit "I Got Sunshine." 

"You have such a beautiful soul," Perry said. "When you got on the piano you completely [opened up] in front of us." 

"Once you got on the piano it started stirring up emotions in me," Ryan added. 

All of the judges were touched by Kai's story and offered not only much-needed support but a ticket to Hollywood. 

Kai the Singer ABC/David Williamson

Tyler Mitchell

Tyler Mitchell may be used to the simple life, he traveled to New York City for the first time to "show off" his "God-given talent." The 6-foot 4-inch country singer wowed all three judges with his cover of "Whenever You Come Around" by Vince Gill. 

"Literally, a star is born," Perry said. 

"You woke us up," Richie added. "That's what a star is supposed to do." 

With three yes votes from the judges, Mitchell became the fourth contestant of Season 2 to head to Hollywood. In a preview of the next round of the reality talent show, it was revealed that radio personality Bobby Bones will be Mitchell's season-long mentor. 

"From one small town boy to another," Bones said to Mitchell in the preview. 

Tyler Mitchell ABC/Nicole Rivelli


There was quite a tone change when Vokillz performed his original song "American Creature." Coming from Buffalo, New York, the "gas station creature debuted his own music genre, known as "mystic death trap metal." 

"I'm not a serial killer or anything," Vokillz said to the camera. "I just created a new genre." 

While his passion for this unique form of music was evident, the judges didn't seem to quite understand it. Vokillz did not get the golden ticket, but it looks like he'll continue delivering his "mystic death" to the world. 

"That is really different," Perry nervously said. 

"I'm thinking this is not your lane," Richie added. 

Vokillz ABC/Kelsey McNeal

Margie Mays

This 25-year-old ball of energy not only left a lasting impression on the judges by her nervous burps but her insane vocals. Margie Mays got a "yes" vote from both Perry and Bryan, but Richie voted "no" to show her what was at stake. 

Will Mays be able to win Richie over? We will have to see as she moves onto Hollywood. 

Myra Tran

Myra Tran, a vocal powerhouse from Vietnam, blew all three judges away with her soulful vocals as she performed Jennifer Hudson's "One Night Only." While only in high school, Tran looked to have the musical capabilities of a mature singer. 

As the judges gave her a standing ovation, compliments rained onto the young singer. 

"You're up there with the Kelly Clarkson's of the world," Bryan said. 

"If you keep singing, you'll connect with people," Perry added.  "Music transcends language barriers." 

"You've stepped into a zone of your own," Richie concluded. 


Training in Gospel music, Uché delivered quite the performance for the judges. While it was an entertaining performance, Richie wasn't a fan. Voting "no" initially, it took the singer to explain his music inspirations, such as Prince and George Clinton.

Following the explanation, Richie saw Uché's talent and changed his "no" to a "yes." 

"#GodIsReal," Uché said to the camera. "His vote was 'no.'" 

Uché will continue his Prince-esque performances as he moves onto Hollywood. 

Uche ABC/Josh Vertucci

Laci Kaye Booth

During her introductory video, Laci Kaye Booth explained a childhood without her father. As a traveling musician, Booth's father was unable to be a part of her life as much as he had wanted. 

"I know she doesn't regret me not being in her life," Booth's father said to the camera. "But I do." 

When Booth became a teenager, however, her father asked whether she wanted to record music with him. As the years went on, the father-daughter relationship started to become mended through music. 

As Booth stood in front of the judges, her voice rocked the judges' worlds and became the eighth golden ticket. 

"I think you're the first voice that we've heard that is a diamond in the rough," Perry said. 


Tiffanne Le May

Following a 17-year-old contestant who couldn't name a song by Richie, Tiffanne Le May came in to boost up the "All Night Long" singer. Growing up on Richie's music, Le May told producers that she is specifically excited to audition in front of him.

"That's my guy," Le May said to the camera.

The 20-year-old sang "The Best Part" by Daniel Caesar and H.E.R and won a ticket to Hollywood. 

Nick Townsend

Delivering quite the emotional story, Nick Townsend makes his American Idol debut after losing both of his brother to suicide. Despite the extreme pain and loss the young singer endured, Townsend performed a rendition of James Bay's hit "Let It Go." 

"You have an element in your voice called a natural cry," Richie said. "In our industry that's called money." 

After receiving three "yes" votes from the judges, Townsend's family joined him in the audition room and there wasn't a dry eye in the room. 

"Remember, you can cry happy tears," Bryan said. 

"He's always been a fighter, not a quitter," Townsend's mother said to the camera. "After everything he has been through, I was so scared he was going to quit singing." 

"Initially when I saw this ticket, all I thought was that 'I wish [my brothers] were here to hold this with me,'" Townsend said to the camera. "But then I thought, they are. Not physically, but by how much I love them ... they're holding it too." 

Find out who else hears those magical four words — "You're going to Hollywood!" — when American Idol returns next Sunday on ABC at 8 p.m. ET. 

Join the Discussion

Editor's Pick