Posted: 12:58 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
By Jager Weatherby
It’s been a long, hard hiatus since Candice Glover was crowned the winner of American IdolSeason 12. Thankfully, our favorite music competition returned tonight (January 15), and we met a whole new crop of hopefuls looking to become the country’s next big superstar!
Kicking off the latest tour of the United States, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and new judge Harry Connick Jr. headed for Austin, Texas and Boston, Massachusetts. (Of course, Ryan Seacrest was also there to provide much-needed commentary.)
It was in Boston where the judges met Troy Durden, a gregarious guy with a penchant for twerking. When he finally did start to sing his song, the judges were pretty surprised by his melodious version of “Over the Rainbow.”
“I so did not expect ‘Over the Rainbow’ right now,” Harry joked.
“I kind of loved that!” exclaimed J.Lo.
Of course, Keith can’t help but ask Troy to twerk while singing “Over the Rainbow,” and Troy was more than happy to oblige. When the judges finally voted, he got a big, fat “abso-freaking-lutely” from Harry Connick Jr.
What do you think of Troy’s performance? Will he make it to the Top 31? Read our spoilers here!