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The Second Time on 'American Idol' Is About to Be the Charm for Alyssa Raghu

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Is it Groundhog Day? Because it hardly feels like a year since our favorite show, American Idol, started its first season on ABC, and now it's back again for Season 2 (or 17, depending on how you look at it). Plus, our favorite contestant from last season, the inimitable Alyssa Raghunandan — AKA Alyssa Raghu — is also back in the show, and this time, she's in it to win it.

When we met her last year at 16, the then-sophomore at Lake Nona High School in Florida blew judges away from Day 1. She auditioned with Ariana Grande's "Almost Is Never Enough," and Katy Perry immediately handed her the golden ticket, saying Alyssa would make it to the season's Top 10.