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. head 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 Troy Durden, a gregarious guy with a penchant for twerking. When he finally does start to sing his song, the judges are pretty surprised by his melodious version of “Over the Rainbow.”

“I so did not expect ‘Over the Rainbow’ right now,” Harry jokes.

“I kind of loved that!” exclaims J.Lo.

Of course, Keith can’t help but ask Troy to twerk while singing “Over the Rainbow,” and Troy is more than happy to oblige. When the judges finally vote, he get a big, fat “abso-freaking-lutely” from Harry Connick Jr.



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