This NJ teen phenom's 'American Idol' epic audition earned a standing ovation

American Idol Judges on Season 16

And Monday, she was finally standing before Perry at her NY audition, as the pop superstar joked about Mara's age.

You can stream the newest season of American Idol on Hulu. That's why I found myself loving this audition.

Another four artists who survived the cut were Andrew Weaver, a 16-year-old high school student from Bremen, GA; Griffin Tucker, a 15-year-old high school student from Dallas, TX; Christina Jones, an 18-year-old high school student from O'Fallon, IL; and Cameron Theodos, a 25-year-old high school basketball coach from Shreveport, LA. It was clear William was battling a case of nervous, but the judges had no complaints and decided on a unanimous "yes" to send him to Hollywood. Thaddeus performed Sweedish House Mafia's 'Don't You Worry Child.' Check it out above. Katy declared he could be "top 10", and called him "the best male singer we've seen so far".

Like on The Voice, I would like to hear the judges tell the contestants what they want to work on with them and some things they can improve. When 22-year-old contestant Michelle Susset came in to audition, Perry made a decision to get up behind the judges' table and prance around the stage. After telling pieces of his heartbreaking story, Francisco sat down to perform an acoustic rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely".

Trevor Holmes, 27, Thousand Oaks, California: A construction worker who's had a crush on Katy for years, he bowled the judges over as soon as he walked in: Luke immediately dubbed him a "dreamboat", while Katy said "You're so hot. are you engaged?" She can definitely sing. And Lionel hugged her. Misha Gontar, an MRI technologist from the Ukraine living in Marengo in McHenry County, delivered one of the most memorable auditions so far. Garrett Jacobs, 17, from Bossier City, Louisiana. I'm really intrigued by his voice and hope that he can keep this up in future rounds because if he can, he could go far (in the same way that Brandon has the potential to go far too). Of course, Lionel gets up and gives him a hug.

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