【2018 Year in hot searching/American Idol】Two Indian American Girls Make It to American Idol Season 16 through Impressive Auditions


Indians in the United States have gone gaga over two Indian American teen girls’ entry to the Season 16 of American Idol, a most prestigious reality TV show. Paravi Das from irginia and Alyssa Raghunandan from Florida are among the lucky, aspiring singers who got the golden tickets to Hollywood through the auditions for American Idol 2018.

Orlando-based Alyssa Raghunandan and Ashburn-based Paravi Das stole the show with the judges of American Idol 2018 in the audition that took place earlier in March, by the virtue of their musical brilliance. They are all set for a marathon of ambition with their appearance in Hollywood’s prestigious music reality show that will go air in April.

A high school senior at Lake Nona Singh School in Orlando, Indian American Alyssa Raghunandan recorded her first song titled ‘Leave’ in 2017. The song is available on iTunes. Her father, Hansraj Dennis Raghunandan was a crew chief at the US Air Force. Now he is an entrepreneur and owns World Automotive Services, Inc. in Orlando.

In her introduction video for American Idol 2018, 15-year-old Alyssa unambiguously admits that she owes her dreams of making it in music to her father who has been her ‘best friend’ and has motivated her to excel in the pursuit of music since his separation from her mother. She has been living with her father since her age was 2.


mong the judges of American Idol Season 16, Katy Perry was the first to opine about Alyssa Raghunandan’s voice and praised her rendition of ‘Almost is never enough’ eloquently. She said, “Your voice sounds that good in 15. I have to go and shave my legs now. The hairs on my legs just grew an inch and a half, because I full-body felt what you were signing.”

One of the two Indian American contestants in the Season 16 of American Idol 2018, Ashburn’s Paravi Das sang two songs – Jesse J’s ‘Price Tag’ and Adele’s ‘When We Were Young.’ Her performance in the audition clicked with Lionel Richie among the judges. Lionel exclaimed that he had to close his eyes and listen to her raptly. Katy Perry was a little unhappy about her performance but she thumbed it up.

A student of graphic communications, Paravi Das became a favorite of the judges for her artistic prowess. She drew lively sketches of each of the judges and gifted the sketches to them during the audition. Brandon Diaz is another contestant from Ashburn in the Season 16. He is a good friend of Paravi Das’ elder brother.

Indian American singer Alyssa Raghunandan impresses Katy Perry with her audition for ‘American Idol’


udges Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan were impressed by Raghunandan’s soulful rendition

Alyssa Raghunandan, the 15-year-old Indian American girl who took the judges of American Idol for a musical treat in the audition earlier this month, is all set to begin her journey with the music reality show that will go live in April from Hollywood.

The auditions for the new season of American Idol has closed and the talks are about the contestants who made it to the big stage in Hollywood, which will ultimately decide the winner.

Season 16 of American Idol has superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie on a task to discover a new crop of inspiring talent.

American Idol will have an award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest as the host of the live shows that will begin in Hollywood in late April.

Raghunandan is the daughter of Hansraj Dennis Raghunandan, a former Crew Chief at the US Air Force and now the owner of World Automotive Services, Inc., a company based in Orlando, Florida.She released her first song ‘Leave’ in 2017, which is available on iTunes and Spotify.

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Judges Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan were impressed by Raghunandan’s soulful rendition of ‘Almost is never enough’ by Ariana Grande, giving her the golden card to Hollywood.

American Idol created a reality show revolution across the world and it is considered as one of the pioneering reality shows. The upcoming season of the show will be aired on Indian televisions via Zee Cafe.

As of now, the show has received 13 Grammys, over 61 million album sales, 47 Platinum records, 95 Gold records, 444 Billboard No. 1 hits, 257 million digital downloads, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award.

Alyssa Raghu is a sophomore at Lake Nona High School. Her parents were divorced when she was just two years old and she has been living with her father, who happens to be her “best friend” ever since. She also says in her American Idol introduction video that in the absence of her mother it was her dad who supported her in music endeavor, helping her in achieving dreams and finally getting through the auditions, which she said is a dream come true for her.

Katy Perry, the first to give feedback after the song said, “Sound that good in 15. Your voice is going to grow, it is going to grow till you are 21”. “All of my hairs on my legs, I have to go and shave my legs now. They just grew an inch and a half, because I full-body felt what you were singing,” she added.

Soon after getting out of the audition hall the emotions went high for the dad-daughter duo with Dennis saying he is so proud of Alyssa. In the video, Raghunandan can be heard saying, “seeing my father feeling so proud, that’s all I wanted”

The Season 16 of American Idol will be aired on Indian television via Zee Café V channel. One of the most popular American TV reality shows, it has gained tremendous popularity the world over. To date, the reality show has treasured many awards and accolades including 13 Grammys, 2 Golden Globes and one Academy award. It has made more than 61 million album sales, 95 Gold records and 47 Platinum records.American Idol is an American singing competition television series created by Simon Fuller, produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, and distributed by FremantleMedia North America. It initially aired on Fox from June 11, 2002, to April 7, 2016, for 15 seasons. On March 11, 2018, the 16th season made its debut on ABC.[1]

It started as an addition to the Idols format that was based on Pop Idol from British television, and became one of the most successful shows in the history of American television. The concept of the series involves discovering recording stars from unsigned singing talents, with the winner determined by American viewers using phones, Internet, and SMS text voting. The winners of the first sixteen seasons, as chosen by viewers, are Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Candice Glover, Caleb Johnson, Nick Fradiani, Trent Harmon, and Maddie Poppe.

American Idol employs a panel of vocal judges who critique the contestants’ performances. The original judges, for seasons one through eight, were record producer and music manager Randy Jackson, singer and choreographer Paula Abdul, and music executive and manager Simon Cowell. The judging panel for seasons 13, 14, and 15 on Fox consisted of singers Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick, Jr.[2] Season 16 brought three entirely new judges: singers Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan. The first season was hosted by radio personality Ryan Seacrest and comedian Brian Dunkleman, but Seacrest remained as the sole master of ceremonies for the rest of the series. The success of American Idol has been described as “unparalleled in broadcasting history”.[3] A rival TV executive said the series was “the most impactful show in the history of television”.[4] It became a recognized springboard for launching the career of many artists as bona fide stars. According to Billboard magazine, in its first ten years, “Idol has spawned 345 Billboard chart-toppers and a platoon of pop idols, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Katharine McPhee, Chris Daughtry, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert, and Jordin Sparks while remaining a TV ratings juggernaut.”[5]

For an unprecedented eight consecutive years, from the 2003–04 television season through the 2010–11 season, either its performance show or result show was ranked number one in U.S. television ratings