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American Idol

Watch Madelyn Patterson Sing “Up to the Mountain” in the American Idol 2014 Premiere (VIDEO)

It’s been a long, hard hiatus since Candice Glover was crowned the winner of American Idol Season 12. Thankfully, our favorite music competition returned tonight (January 15), and we met a whole new crop of hopefuls looking to become the country’s next big superstar!

Kicking off the latest tour of the United States, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and new judge Harry Connick Jr. headed for Austin, Texas and Boston, Massachusetts. (Of course, Ryan Seacrest was also there to provide much-needed commentary.)

It’s in Austin where the judges meet Madelyn Patterson, a 22-year-old hairdresser whose bluesy take on the old classic “Up to the Mountain” seems to give J.Lo the “goosies.”

But despite Keith and Jennifer’s eagerness to send her through, Harry Connick Jr. is a bit harder to win over. “I want you think about something,” he says. “Some people on this panel are very easily impressed by licks.”

Of course, J.Lo isn’t about to take this semi-insult lying down. She immediately cuts him off and hands over the golden ticket. So, what did we learn today, Harry? You don’t mess with Jenny from the block!

What do you think of Madelyn’s performance? Will she make it to the Top 31? Read our spoilers here!

01.15.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Jager Weatherby
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