Wabash native, Zachariah Smith, auditions for American Idol

AMERICAN IDOL 601 (Auditions) - With help from superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and...
AMERICAN IDOL 601 (Auditions) - With help from superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, viewers embark on a nationwide search across New Orleans, Las Vegas and Nashville to find the next singing sensation. Emmy¨ Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest hosts. SUNDAY, FEB. 19 (8:00-10:00 p.m.), on ABC. (ABC/Eric McCandless)(Eric McCandless | ABC)
Published: Feb. 19, 2023 at 7:25 PM EST
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WABASH, Ind. (WPTA) - America’s biggest music competition show is back. The search for the next American Idol begins anew on Sunday night with the premiere episode of Season 21 on ABC.

Superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie are back together for a 6th season. One idol hopeful to look out for is Zachariah Smith. Zachariah is 19 years old and grew up in Wabash, Indiana. He graduated from Wabash Sr. High School and currently lives in Amory, Mississippi where he is the Grill Cook at the family-owned Bill’s Hamburgers.

We asked him, “If you’re able to go on to Hollywood week and the live shows, what would that reaction be like?” Smith went on to say, “Wow, just to think about making it through to the next round would just be a dream come true. It’s not every day that you get to walk in and walk out with a golden ticket to Hollywood.”

The journey begins Sunday at 8/7c on ABC and streams the next day on Hulu.

Complete List of previous American Idol winners

2002 - Kelly Clarkson

2003 - Ruben Studdard

2004 - Fantasia Barino

2005 - Carrie Underwood

2006 - Taylor Hicks

2007 - Jordin Sparks

2008 - David Cook

2009 - Kris Allen

2010 - Lee DeWyze

2011 - Scotty McCreery

2012 - Phillip Phillips

2013 - Candice Glover

2014 - Caleb Johnson

2015 - Nick Fradiani

2016 - Trent Harmon

2018 - Maddie Poppe

2019 - Laine Hardy

2020 - Just Sam

2021 - Chayce Beckham

2022 - Noah Thompson