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 Munfarid Zaidi, a 19-year-old Texan by way of Pakistan who jokingly admits he reads Harry’s Wikipedia page every night before he goes to sleep. The entire audition is one big lighthearted game, but the thing is, Munfarid also has the skills! After he blows the judges away with his rendition of “Crazy For You” by Adele, Harry runs over and cradles him like a baby.

As if we even need to tell you, Munfarid gets three yeses.



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