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 Boston where the judges meet Kaitlyn Jackson, a 15-year-old country cutie with a sad story. Kaitlyn tells the judges about opening for Mark Wills at a county fair, where tragically, her grandpa had a heart attack in the stands during her performance. She says she’d like the sing the original song she wrote for him, and wows them with her grace and talent.

“You mentioned that your grandpa never heard it,” says Harry. “I disagree. I can start the voting process by saying 100 percent absolutely.”

The decision is clearly a no-brainer for Jennifer and Keith, and Kaitlyn gets her ticket to Hollywood!



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