Life hasn’t always been easy for Cecil Ray. There have been moments in Cecil’s life that have gotten especially dark and challenging, but through it all...music has been his light. Cecil begins his American Idol audition with “ants in his pants,” but ends it with Luke Bryan referring to him as “absolute perfection!” Lionel Richie tells Cecil that he has “no idea” of the amount of potential he actually has. Will Cecil take Katy Perry’s advice and “ground himself” heading into Hollywood Week? See more of American Idol 2021 on our official site: www.americanidol.com Like American Idol on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmericanIdol Follow American Idol on Twitter: twitter.com/americanidol Follow American Idol on Instagram: www.instagram.com/americanidol/ AMERICAN IDOL, the iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre, returns on ABC. American Idol 2021 Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy® Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest continues as host of the beloved series, while multimedia personality Bobby Bones serves as the in-house mentor.