Colin Stough

From a small town in Mississippi, 18-year-old Colin Stough made it to the “Idol” judges for one main reason: His mom signed him up to audition for the show.

Zachariah Smith

Zachariah Smith, from the same area of Mississippi as fellow "Idol" participant Stough, sang an impassioned rendition of John Mellencamp's "Hurts so Good" during his audition. During his performance, the 19-year-old singer couldn't stop smiling and won over all of the judges with his stage personality.

Wé Ani

We Ani's high-pitched speaking voice gives the idea that she might make a living doing Disney voiceovers. That's why when the singer from Harlem, New York, began singing Demi Lovato's "Anyone" with a rich, deep voice, all of the "Idol" judges were taken aback.

Iam Tongi

Iam Tongi’s “American Idol” audition is the most viewed of the season — by a landslide. Posted just over two months ago, it already has 15 million views on YouTube. For his audition, 18-year-old Tongi, who is from Hawaii, performed “Monsters” by James Blunt and dedicated the performance to his father, who died a couple of months before the audition.

Megan Danielle, a 20-year-old singer from Georgia, got the surprise of a lifetime when she auditioned for “Idol” with Lauren Daigle’s “You Say”: Daigle, who previously competed on “Idol,” ended up joining her audition and singing along.

Megan Danielle