American Idol premieres on WTRF ABC Ohio Valley


Sunday night at 8 p.m. debuts American Idol on WTRF ABC Ohio Valley.

The contestants are hoping they can impress the celebrity judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie, and Katy Perry in order to make it to Hollywood. 

Ryan Seacrest said, “It’s full of goodness, it’s full of hope, dreams coming true , it’s true americana”

The bond between the three judges is starting off on a high note.

Katy Perry said, “I think we should exchange emails right now? your font is so large.”

The trio are excited about the premier and they each bring a little something different to the group.

Perry said, “I really like getting real personal, real specific with these kids.”

Katy Perry: Wait did you just say wig?

Contestant: I know, wig, I feel that already

Judges: What is wig

Katy: It’s not your language, it’s just for us. Wig. 

Luke Bryan said, “Us being ourselves that’s our stamp on how we judge these kids.”

Lionel Richie said, “We had to walk on the set for the 1st time and look at each other and go what the heck is this all about.”

Making dreams happen is what this season is all about.

Perry said, “We’re all about the positive putting and putting people on their right path.


The ABC reboot of American Idol is just days away…and as excitement grows, we’d like to tell you about two of our very own who tried out.

We all know 7news anchor Tessa DiTirro and 7news reporter Paige Madden.

But did you know they could sing?

It’s true. 

These two auditioned for American Idol back in 2011.

And they’re so excited it’s making a comeback.

It feels like we’ve waited a lifetime for a moment like this.

Two years ago American Idol left our homes, taking away some weeknight laughs and dreams of becoming a star, but now it’s back and people are feeling a little nostalgic. 

Tessa DiTirro, who auditioned in 2011 said, “I grew up watching American Idol. I was obsessed with it as a kid. I watched it from the beginning, pretty much.”

Paige Madden, who auditioned in 2011 & 2012, said, “I loved American Idol. My favorite season was when Fantasia won, but I was a Diana DeGarmo fan. I watched every episode of that season.”

Back in 2011, both Tessa and Paige auditioned for the show in Pittsburgh.

They were just a couple of 18 year olds, and they said it was a crazy time.

DiTirro said,  “We were there for like 8 or 9 hours the first day and I didn’t even get to sing. You just had to wait in line, you had to get a number, you had to register. It was crazy. Then the next day we came back really, really, super early in the morning. It was at like three in the morning. Then you got back in line with your number and it started.”

From there, Tessa tells me it was all about shooting promos and waiting your turn to sing.

Once you were up, contestants went in threes and had 10 seconds to impress the judges.

But even with all of that craziness, it was the experience of a lifetime.

Madden said, “Meeting people, talking with people, everybody out on the sidewalk, people brought guitars, played music. It was just a really neat experience. Even though I didn’t make it on the show, it was really cool to meet all of those people.”

Now this year, things will be a little different. 

Viewers will have the chance to vote an Idol hopeful through to the Hollywood round before the premiere airs.

But the show will also include new judges, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Ritchie.

Now, the season premiere airs this weekend, and you don’t want to miss it.

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