The "Idol Gives Back" special said goodbye to Tim Urban.
Casey James, Aaron Kelly and Tim Urban were all in the bottom three, but it was Tim's rendition of the Goo Goo Dolls classic, Better Days, that sent him packing.
At the end of the first week with the top 12 contestants, the "American Idol" crew said goodbye to Lacey Brown.
The theme for the week was Rolling Stones, and Brown sang a rendition of "Ruby Tuesday," which didn't wow the judges. While the judges are allowed to save one person per season, if America votes them off, the judges opted not to utilize it with Brown.
The spunky redhead said she wasn't going to give up and will keep "singing for her fans." She thought she might try to go the "country music route."
Katy Perry filled the empty seat for the Los Angeles "American Idol" auditions, and the "Waking Up in Vegas" songstress clearly had a tough time getting along with judge Kara DioGuardi!
When DioGuardi would want to send an "Idol" hopeful to the next round, Perry disagreed and gave them a "no." "We used to be friends. We were, like, cool," DioGuardi said jokingly during Tuesday night's episode.
Auditioner Chris Golightly made the ladies bring out the claws! Golightly, who grew up in the foster care system, explained his challenging childhood story to host Ryan Seacrest and sang the classic "Stand by Me" for the judges.
Once he finished singing, judge Randy Jackson said, "I like you, man. There's something very interesting about you. I actually like the voice too."
DioGuardi spoke next, and said, "Chris, you are one of my favorites today, if not my favorite and the reason is that I think we may look back at this audition and go, 'Wow.'" She continued, "You're the kind of kid who has just enough talent, and just enough of a story and pain and stuff that you've gone through in your life to really connect with it and I think you're only going to get better."
Perry sat up in her chair quipped, "This is not a Lifetime movie, sweetheart."
"Yes, exactly!" Simon Cowell said and chuckled. DioGuardi and Perry then both agreed Golightly had "an amazing story" but Perry interjected, "You have to have talent!"
Then DioGuardi let a curse word slip and declared, "She told me!"
After the bickering came to a halt, Randy decided for the judges that Chris Golightly would continue on to the Hollywood round.
"American Idol" judge Randy Jackson is excited to have Ellen DeGeneres on board! Randy tells "Extra" he's "so happy" Ellen is joining him, Simon Cowell and Kara DioGuardi.
"Yo baby! You know we got love," Jackson said. Contestants and audience members should also get pumped! He added, "It's going go be fun. We're gonna rock the house every night!"
"Ellen's gonna be rockin', man," Randy confirmed.
The new season of "American Idol" starts in January.
In the days before Michael Jackson's star-studded funeral, the Jackson family announced they would release handout footage and photos to the media. MJ's younger brother Randy Jackson released a statement on Friday expressing his disappointment over unapproved aerial footage of the funeral used on television.
"I was dismayed last night and again today at the coverage I saw on television of our ceremony for Michael," Randy's statement said. "We had asked the media to respect the privacy and the sanctity of this event; to give us one moment of privacy to mourn as a family out of the public spotlight."
He added, "Unfortunately, despite a no-fly zone around Forest Lawn, many media organizations decided to ignore our wishes. They employed helicopters that not only surreptitiously recorded our private family ceremony, but also severely disrupted it."
Jackson is now asking for the footage to be permanently "pulled from the air."
Michael Jackson's family has not shied away from the spotlight since the performer's sudden death on June 25. Now a Jackson brothers reality television show will be going forward.
A&E will air a one-hour pilot episode of Tito, Jermaine, Jackie and Marlon Jackson's as yet untitled show. The brothers began filming the project shortly before MJ passed away.
Episodes will reportedly focus on how the family is dealing with Michael's death. An airdate has not yet been decided.
"American Idol" judges Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson are breaking their silence to "Extra" about Paula Abdul leaving the show.
"I am sad," Simon admitted at the Denver auditions for the show. "She was like my best buddy, really, on the show. And you only realize how much you miss somebody when they're not there."
Jackson shared Cowell's disappointment at Abdul not returning to the judge's table. "She started on this journey with us together. Me and Ryan and Simon and her (sic) started this journey together. So, really shocked and really sad."
Randy adds that he isn't worried about Paula succeeding during her post-"Idol" days. "We love her. I'm sure she's going to be great whatever she decides to do and wherever that takes her. But she's still family she's still part of this as far as I'm concerned."
Kara wore black to the auditions and praised the support Abdul gave to contestants. "She was really the heart of the show. Incredibly nurturing to the contestants and was like that for me last year."
Host Ryan Seacrest also shared his sadness that Paula won't return to "Idol," and gave "Extra" an update on how Abdul is doing. "She seems to be doing just fine," Ryan shares. "It's one of those things that, as an outsider looking in, you hate to see it get to that situation where somebody feels like they've got to go and do something else but, we're there for her. We'll support her and hopefully we'll all be doing this for a long time."
Seacrest adds, "You never want to see anybody leave something like this, so we wish her the best we love her we've been friends for a long time."