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American Idol Recap: Orlando Auditions

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A contestant with a partially paralyzed face.

Another with an autisic son.

And still another that spent four years in jail as a teenager.

It's safe to say last night's edition of American Idol was chock full of even more sad/impressive/heart-warming backstories than usual. Also making for an entertaining hour of television? A talented, adorable, funny guest judge: Kristin Chenoweth.

Overall, 31 contestants received a golden ticket to Hollywood. Read all about our favorites in the TV Fanatic rundown of last night's Orlando auditions.

Kristin Chenoweth on American Idol

Who was your favorite contestant on the night? Below, we've posted the audition of ours: Matt Lawrence.

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