So it begins.
While we're still two weeks away from the January 12 premiere of American Idol, THG has uncovered an early contestant to keep an eye on: Chris Golightly.
The Justin Guarini (and Sideshow Bob) lookalike is featured in a new commercial for season nine. We can confirm that he receives a golden ticket to Hollywood and that he has a great voice.
Why else might Golightly advance far on Idol? Two words: great backstory.
The singer refers to himself as "Orphan" because, well, he actually is one. Golightly says he was raised in various foster homes and turned to music when he was six because he could tell his story through singing. Might that story conclude with an American Idol title?
It's a tad early to know for sure, but check out snippets of his audition below...
** UPDATE: Sources reveal that Golightly has advanced to the final 24 on season nine.