‘American Idol’ greatest audition ever: Alejandro Aranda wows judges with original song ‘Out Loud’

Among the 12 contestants on night 2 of “American Idol” auditions, one stands out from the rest: Alejandro Aranda. This singer/songwriter performed an original song, “Out Loud,” which had all three judges singing his praises. He is a triple threat: he wrote the song, sings it and accompanies himself on the guitar. Watch this 24-year-old dishwasher from Pomona, California wow the panel in this clip from the March 6 episode of “American Idol.”

Lionel Richie tells Aranda that he is inspired by his talent. “You have such a career. And the fact that you don’t know it makes it even more special. There’s nothing like you my friend.” Agrees Luke Bryan,  “I just feel like I’m in the presence of greatness.” The country singer says, “I am so glad you are here. It was like watching my favorite movie that I did not want to end.” And pop princess Katy Perry agrees, “I think you’re really special. I think you’re an absolute genius.”

SEE ‘American Idol’ spoilers: Which men made the Top 40 showcase round on season 17, what songs did they sing and who made it through?

Do you think that Alejandro was good enough to go all the way? If you want to know the answer, keep reading. We’ ve been doing some digging on who among the upwards of 15o artists that got a ticket to Hollywood made it to the Top 40. And we also know the results of the showcase round that saw that group get cut in half as well as the additional auditions that ended up with the Top 14 who will sing in the live shows starting April 14.

SEE ‘American Idol’ spoilers: Which women made the Top 40 showcase round on season 17, what songs did they sing and who made it through?

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