Katy Perry munched her way though Sunday’s episode of American Idol, slurping on noodles, gobbling fruit, and even getting a pizza delivered to her judging table.
‘I have snacks under the desk, I love to eat, I love to snack…I love chicken nuggets,’ said the 33-year-old singer, who revealed her beloved dog Nugget looks like a chicken nugget.
The Roar singer was not seen sharing her snacks with her fellow judges, 68-year-old R&B legend Lionel Richie and 41-year-old country star Luke Bryan, but she had plenty of enthusiasm for the contestants after her cravings were satisfied.
Snack time: Katy Perry admitted to a snacking habit during Sunday’s episode of American Idol on ABC
One of the most interesting performers of the night was Adam Sanders, who completed during season 12 of the show, when he was 19-years-old.
The Texan had been attacked on social media since the appearance, for his ‘weight and sexuality’.
Some trolls had even told him to commit suicide.
‘I let it get to me in the wrong way, it killed me inside,’ said the 24-year-old, who works in a seafood restaurant and at a drag club.
Insatiable appetite: The pop star was shown munching throughout auditions
Various foods: Katy was shown eating snacks from a bag and a salad
Little nugget: The Teenage Dream singer said she loves chicken nuggets and said her beloved dog Nugget looks like one
Pizza break: A contestant pleased Katy when she walked up with a hot pizza for her
Adam appeared reborn as Ada Vox, in full drag regalia, to sing House Of The Rising Sun.
‘You are owning your talent, you are owning who you are,’ praised Lionel, as Katy ran in circles jubilantly.
Ada was sent to Hollywood, after receiving oodles of adoration from the panel.
Triumphant return: Adam Sanders auditioned on season 12 and made the top 50
Full drag: The singer returned in full drag regalia as Ada Vox
First time: Katy pulled up a photo from the singer’s first audition
The first person to hit the stage was 17-year-old ‘daddy’s girl’ Gabby Barrett from Pennsylvania.
She sang Good Girl by Carrie Underwood.
The judges thought her ‘nasal-y’ rendition was a bit too gimmicky.
Country singer: Gabby Barrett struggled with country songs but found her voice with a church song
She tried a church song instead that pleased them more.
‘You were just on fire,’ said Lionel as she was voted in.
Katy ‘punked’ Gabby’s dad, pretending she hadn’t made it, which led to tears and laughter.
Good times: Katy helped pull a prank on Gabby’s supportive father
Golden ticket: Gabby held up her golden ticket to Hollywood as her father beamed
‘I hate it when dads cry,’ wailed the Dark Horse songstress.
Flamboyant 22-year-old Caitlin Lucia did a version of Katy’s I Kissed a Girl, with acoustic guitar.
‘I think she might have sung it better,’ Katy told her fellow judges.
Hit song: Caitlin Lucia sang Katy’s song I Kissed A Girl
Nailed it: Katy told Caitlin that she might have sung it better
Caitlin, a Californian waitress, was voted into the next round.
Elvis’ distant cousin, 28-year-old Amelia Presley, did Heartbreak Hotel.
‘I think Elvis would be proud,’ Luke told the Texan singer.
Next was Elvis impersonator/country lover Drake Milligan, who did George Strait’s You Look So Good In Love.
Elvis fan: Drake Milligan advanced after the former Elvis impersonator performed a country song
‘I’m fired up now,’ Luke told the 19-year-old Texan, who received a golden ticket.
Mylon Shamble, a 24-year-old ‘barbershop bartender’, did Stand By Me, by Ben E. King.
‘That’s the best Stand By Me I’ve ever heard,’ Katy told the excited Floridian.
Best version: Mylon Shamble impressed with her version of Stand By Me
North Carolina lady Lee Vasi was keen to impress Lionel.
The 20-year-old got a warm serenading of Zoom from the music legend, which she joined enthusiastically.
‘You learned from the old-school up, you’ve been educated,’ Lionel told her.
Soul song: Lionel Richie sang his song Zoom with Lee Vasi
Special moment: Lee was thrilled to sing along with Lionel
The retail associate was less successful with Toni Braxton’s Love Shoulda Brought You Home.
‘Your pitch went out of line,’ commented Lionel.
‘You’re so close to being the complete package,’ added Luke.
The judges took a chance with Lee, and she was sent to Hollywood.
Next round: The judges took a chance on Lee and sent her to Hollywood
In Los Angeles, they received some ‘real characters’ including Tory N. Teasley, a 26-year-old music teacher who did the explicit version of Cee Lo Green’s Forget You.
Then, Lucy Clearwater, a 19-year-old Californian, dedicated Sir Mix-a-Lot’s Baby Got Back to Luke.
Jarom Eubanks, a 20-year-old fast food worker from Utah, turned up in his PJs.
Nice try: Jarom Eubanks showed up in his pajamas and was sent home
He warbled through R.E.M.’s Losing My Religion, getting a ‘no’ from everyone except Katy.
‘You’re absolutely weird and I’m totally weird…you’re cool bro,’ she consoled.
Philadelphia bowling alley attendant Michael J. Woodward did Ed Sheeran’s Make It Rain.
Killed it: Michael J. Woodward did Ed Sheeran’s Make It Rain
‘It’s really refreshing to see this,’ Lionel told the lovable 20-year-old, who has no formal singing experience.
‘Beautiful soul,’ he added as Michael took his golden ticket.
Brielle Rathbun, an 18-year-old Tennessean choreographer, coached Luke with some ‘hip thrusts’
Teen talent: Brielle Rathbun coached Luke with some dance moves
Hip thrust: Luke learned a new hip thrust from Brielle
She did Sara Bareilles’ Gravity, and was sent to Hollywood.
‘I really like what you’re doing,’ Lionel told Brielle, who has a large collection of adopted and biological siblings.
Carly Moffa said: ‘I would definitely describe myself as a mess.’
Quirky star: Carly Moffa described herself as ‘a mess’ but she sang beautifully
The 25-year-old did an original song, which she wrote while her mother was going though a tough time with Primary Progressive MS.
‘Vocal quality is amazing, personality is amazing,’ praised Lionel, who adored the quirky New Jersey resident.
Carly was sent to Hollywood.
Amazing gal: The judges praised Carly for her voice and personality
Ayana ‘Rose’ Lawson has been homeless in Illinois for almost five years, while she works at the Navy Pier in Chicago.
‘I’ve always kept a smile on my face,’ said the talented 22-year-old, who played guitar beautifully while she sang Bonnie Raitt’s I Can’t Make You Love Me.
‘Your voice is good, and it’s only going to get better,’ said Luke, while Katy advised her to ‘develop a little bit more’ then come back.
Always smiling: Ayana ‘Rose’ Lawson failed to advance after her story of being homeless endeared her to the judges
‘The hardest thing as a judge, is telling these kids no,’ said Katy tearfully.
Flamoyant Harlem resident Samuel Swanson used to work on a farm in Alabama.
The 28-year-old did Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together, and gained a golden ticket.
Alabama roots: Samuel Swanson belted out Let’s Stay Together and advanced
‘Velvet, velvet and then layered with silky velvet,’ sighed Luke, as Lionel compared him to his ‘good friend’ Luther Vandross.
Connecticut ‘heavy metal rocker’ Damiano Scarfi, who is unemployed, screeched through More Than a Feeling.
‘You may have to branch off from that 80s stuff,’ Luke told the 19-year-old, who didn’t make the cut.
Rock singer: Damiano Scarfi failed to advance after his screeching take on More Than A Feeling
Colorado-based hostess Jurnee (no second name) met her wife Ashley at a party.
‘It means everything to me to make her proud,’ said the 18-year-old, who sang Rise Up by Andra Day.
‘Jurnee, don’t stop believing,’ joked Luke, as the teen was sent to Hollywood.
American Idol continues on Monday on ABC.
Teen talent: Jurnee sang Rise Up by Andra Day
Moving on: The Colorado singer celebrated after getting her golden ticket to Hollywood