'American Idol' Auditions Get Under Way in NYC With New Judges

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"All we need is one person to show us that you don't have to have anything, you don't have to come from anywhere, you don't have to know anyone, but you have to have that spark, that talent and then you have to work hard".

He also had a chance to speak with his friend Jason Aldean, who was performing onstage when the shooting began.

Speaking up at a concert has a special poignancy, as the shootings occurred during a country music festival on the Vegas strip.

Bryan seems visibly flustered, noting there has to be something America can do. "Katy and I and Lionel, we talked about it, there's just gotta be something we can do, from the mental health issue to all of the issues that are causing these things".

"With the state of things, we can feel a little bit down in the dumps about everything", Perry said. "We have to take an unfortunate, good, hard look at what our rules and our boundaries are with gun reform".

She wasn't the only one to share footage from the first day.

Bryan and Richie officially joined "Idol" last week, several months after Perry signed on as the first judge for a rumored $25 million.

"We have to put our foot down more than sending our condolences", she said.

While all three judges are singer/songwriters and great live performers, both Luke and Katy admitted that Lionel brings something to the table that they just don't have. "Well, We have to give it back".

Perry then noted that inherently we all are connected in some way through our social media posts, but "sometimes, we forget we need to touch each other. And every night, there's something I can see in an artist where he's struggling or she's struggling, and the first thing I'll say is, 'You know, this reminds me of me!' And we'll start there". "These young kids are coming in with a confidence I've never really seen before", she said, and we're talking 15 and 16 year olds! We look at the faces every night on stage.

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