Tuesday's Los Angeles auditions on "American Idol" gave viewers a look at two of the most-hyped contestants of the season: Andrew Garcia and Chris Golightly.
Andrew Garcia got a ticket to Hollywood with his rendition of "Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5. His back story: His parents were involved with gangs and want their family to have a better life.
Chris Golightly, the curly-haired guy who sings "Stand By Me" on "Idol" promos, spent most of his life in foster care. He unanimously got a ticket to Hollywood -- but only after Simon Cowell and guest judge Katy Perry expressed some concerns about the caliber of his talent.
Perry and Avril Lavigne had judging stints Tuesday night. In a refreshing twist, both women occasionally disagreed with the other judges.
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Twenty-three Los Angeles auditioners got tickets to Hollywood. We saw five of them, including:
*Chris Golightly, who spent most of his life in foster care
*Tasha Layton, a personal assistant by day and a minister by night
*Andrew Garcia, whose parents were involved with gangs
*Mary Powers, a rocker mom
*Jim Ranger, a father and pastor
Get a full recap of the show by visiting our "American Idol" blog, which you can access with the link on this page.