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“American Idol” judges and presenters reveal their audition songs

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In an Instagram Story posted on the official American Idol Instagram account while in Hawaii, judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, and host Ryan Seacrest revealed which songs they auditioned for the show would choose – and funnily enough, Seacrest picked a song from one of the judges!

Read on for your choices.


Katy Perry’s Choice is What If God Were One of Us? by Joan Osbourne


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When asked “What song would Katy, Lionel, Luke and Ryan pick as their audition song?” judge Katy Perry chose a classic hit from the mid-1990s.

“If I had to audition for ‘American Idol’ right now, I would probably audition with one of my favorite Joan Osborne songs called ‘What If God Was One of Us.’ It’s a cool song, great storytelling and songwriting, so I probably would do that,” Perry said.

“One of Us” was released in 1995 and peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #2 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40.


Lionel Richie said he would sing Paul McCartney & John Lennon’s “Yesterday”.


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Judge Lionel Richie chose an all-time classic for his audition, saying, “You know what, if I had to do something, ‘Yesterday’ would be my song. Oh my god, the choice is “Yesterday” by Paul McCartney. killer song.”

He added, “I’m so sorry I didn’t write it.”

“Yesterday” was originally recorded in 1965 and quickly rose to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It’s one of the most covered songs of all time Guinness World Records citing 1600 versions recorded between the song’s release and 1986. According to the website, “It’s been covered by the likes of Elvis Presley, Boyz II Men, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, and Gladys Knight,” to name a few.


Luke Bryan would go to Brooks & Dunn’s “She Used to Be Mine.”


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It just makes sense that country star Luke Bryan would choose a country classic from one of the genre’s most iconic duos.

“The only song I would have auditioned for on ‘American Idol’ is Brooks & Dunn’s ‘She Used to Be Mine,'” Bryan said.

She Used to Be Mine was released in 1993 as part of Brooks & Dunn’s hit album Hard Workin’ Man. It peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart


Ryan Seacrest chose a lesser-known song by Lionel Richie, “Penny Lover”


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Lionel Richie is known for hits like “Endless Love”, “Truly”, “All Night Long (All Night)”, “Hello”, “Say You, Say Me” and “Dancing on the Ceiling”.

But in 1984 he had a hit called “Penny Lover,” which hit No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart — that’s host Ryan Seacrest’s choice for his American Idol audition.

“If I could audition with a song, it would probably be one of Lionel’s biggest hits – ‘Penny Lover,'” Seacrest said, adding that the song didn’t get the recognition it deserved.

“I don’t know if it gets enough credit, it needs more credit. I’m sure if I presented a cover of it it would hurt him [laughs]but yes, that would be the song.”

“American Idol” airs Sunday and Monday nights at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time on ABC.

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