“American Idol” judge Lionel Richie introduced the country to 21-year-old Dominique Smith during Sunday’s telecast of the American Music Awards. While this Brooklyn, NY resident didn’t earn a ticket to Hollywood from the reality TV show’s all-star judges — Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan — she’s been given a second shot and now it’s up to America to save her. Watch Smith’s “American Idol” audition video above and then find out if she advances to the next round by watching tonight’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
Smith impressed with her soothing rendition of Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep” while wearing a flowery pink dress. We must give Smith major props for taking on Adele so effortlessly, as most singers wouldn’t even dare risking the challenge of covering such an iconic song.
As Richie announced in ABC’s video contest, “Hi everybody! Met this beautiful lady in New York City and her voice just blew us away, we had to bring her back. Here she is, Miss Dominique Smith.” Will Smith earn the Golden Ticket to Hollywood?
After going off the air in 2016, Fox’s TV sensation was recently revived by ABC and will now premiere its 16th season on March 11, 2018. “American Idol” was a ratings juggernaut during is original heyday and made superstars out of several of its competitors, including winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, and future Oscar champ (and current “The Voice” coach) Jennifer Hudson. The show amassed a whopping 68 Emmy nominations over its 15-season run, taking home nine trophies. Ryan Seacrest returns to host the show that made him a household name.