‘American Idol’ lets audience send one hopeful to Hollywood during American Music Awards

American Idol” got off to an early start during the American Music Awards live broadcast Sunday night (Nov. 19) as the public was given a rare opportunity to override the judges panel and award one of three hopefuls a Golden Ticket to Hollywood.

“Tonight the ‘American Idol’ journey begins,” said “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest in the first spot that aired during the show. “Right here, right now. This is ‘American Idol.’”

Seacrest explained that the three singers did not make it through to the next round, but a second chance would be granted via public fan vote, which will be tabulated until the voting closes. The results will be revealed on Monday night on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Voters at home were given the power to select one of three contestants — each individually introduced by judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie — to advance.

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American Music Awards 2017: Red carpet arrivals
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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Heidi Klum attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Selena Gomez attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Kelly Clarkson attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Demi Lovato attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Nick Jonas attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: P!nk attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Ciara attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Diana Ross attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Tracee Ellis Ross attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Lea Michele attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Chrishell Stause (L) and Justin Hartley attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Violetta Komyshan (L) and Ansel Elgort attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Corinne Foxx (L) and Jamie Foxx attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Zedd attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Chrissy Metz attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Alessia Cara attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/AMA2017/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Nicole Kidman attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Jenna Dewan attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Kelly Rowland attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Sabrina Carpenter attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Niall Horan attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Shawn Mendes attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Hailee Steinfeld attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Nicole Kidman (L) and Keith Urban attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Yara Shahidi attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Alex Pall (L) and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Kathryn Hahn attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: (:L-R) Hayley Stommel, Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley and Brittney Marie Cole attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Jessie James Decker attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Khalid attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Caleb McLaughlin attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Macklemore (L) and Skylar Grey attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Erika Girardi attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Kendra Wilkinson attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Bleona Qereti attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Aaron Rhodes attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Camila Mendes attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/AMA2017/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Bebe Rexha attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Lili Reinhart attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Kat Graham attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Ashlee Simpson attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Evan Ross (L) and Ashlee Simpson attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Trevor Jackson attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: The Ross's attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: (L-R) Liam Attridge, Ricky Garcia, and Emery Kelly of Forever In Your Mind attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Andrew Watt attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: PatrickStarrr attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Renee Bargh attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Maia Mitchell attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Garcelle Beauvais attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Gaten Matarazzo attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Billy Eichner attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Breanna Rubio attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/AMA2017/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Julia Michaels attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/AMA2017/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Musical group BTS attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Marshmello attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Madelaine Petsch attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Skylar Grey attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Portugal. The Man attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Machine Gun Kelly attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/AMA2017/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Patrick Schwarzenegger attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Kehlani attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Sadie Sink attends 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Slim Jimmy (L) and Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: G-Eazy attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Skylar Grey attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Dimash Kudaibergen attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/AMA2017/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Lilly Singh attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Actor Miles Brown attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Desiigner attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: First responders attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
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First up was Britney Holmes, a 28-year-old Texas vocal coach from Aubrey, Tex. Holmes was introduced by Perry before she sang a few lines of “Let it Go,” by James Bay.

“She came to audition in Nashville, and she had an incredible voice,” Perry said. “We want to give her one more shot.”
In Holmes’ full audition — available on the American Idol website — she is accompanied by a piano and standing center stage. Dressed simply in a yellow top and torn jeans, Holmes gave a sweet and nuanced version of the song, holding the last note in a soft fade.

18-year-old Maris from Missoula, Mont. auditioned in New York, according to Bryan.

“She is someone that didn’t quite make it, but she was somebody I wanted to bring back,” he said in the longer version of the audition in an online video.

Dressed in a black jacket and black checked pants, Maris took a big gamble performing the 1961 Etta James/Riley Hampton-penned torch song “Fool That I Am.” Maris, with her short, stylish hair and a flair for dramatic presentation, has the makings of an interesting contestant.

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Worst Dressed of the American Music Awards 2017
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Lili Reinhart is beyond adorable, so this boring black number was a surprise! Even the thigh-high slit manages to be underwhelming.
Bebe Rexha's skintight number looked very, very difficult to walk in -- and is it see through?! A lot of oddness going on here!
PatrickStarrr is always one to embrace "go big or go home," but this lime green fringed... thing is a bit beyond comprehension!
Ashlee Simpson's gown isn't bad on its own, but in combination with that platinum blonde hair and a nude lip, she looks a bit washed out.
Erika Girardi's hot pink satin boots are more suited for an '80s theme party than an awards show -- even one as unique as the AMAs.
We love that Rachel Platten embraced two of the year's hottest trends -- sheer fabrics and plunging necklines -- but it didn't quite mesh with her more subdued hair and makeup.
Camila Mendes' floor-length dress was pretty unremarkable, and the AMAs are all about taking fashion risks! She's gorgeous, but this just didn't suit the night.
Kehlani's look was kind of all over the place, and while we totally adore her, this messy ensemble was simply a miss.
Machine Gun Kelly's bizarre ensemble was certainly a head-turner -- but just because it grabs attention doesn't mean it's a good look!
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Dominique Smith, age 21, from Brooklyn, N.Y., completed the performances with an introduction by Richie, who said that “her voice just blew us away.”

“We had to bring her back,” he said.

Smith — who chose a classic pink dress and heels — wrapped her soulful voice around Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” (first performed on Season 10 by third-place runner-up Haley Reinhart) for an audition that was classic “Idol.”

The fate of all three singers hang in the balance tonight, with the public now given the chance to vote online at AmericanIdol.com/Vote.

“Let’s make some dreams come true,” said AMA host Tracee Ellis Ross.

“American Idol” is set to premiere March 11 p.m. EST on ABC.

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