“American Idol” judge Luke Bryan introduced the country to 18-year-old qualitative assistant Maris during Sunday’s telecast of the American Music Awards. While this Missoula, MT resident didn’t earn a ticket to Hollywood from the reality TV show’s all-star judges — Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie — she’s been given a second shot and now it’s up to America to save her. Watch Maris’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.”
Pink-haired Maris sunk down deep into her jazz roots by singing Etta James‘s “Fool That I Am” while wearing a shiny black leather jacket. “I wanna say thank you so f***ing much. I deeply appreciate every single kind word,” Maris Tweeted to her fans after her audition was featured on the AMAs.
As Bryan announced in ABC’s video contest, “Hey America, we met this incredible singer in New York. She didn’t quite make it, but she was somebody that I wanted to bring back and let you guys hear her and make the decision. This is Maris and she’s about to sing for y’all.” Will Maris 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.