This ‘American Idol’ Contestant Returned Golden Ticket, Said ‘No’ To Hollywood

American Idol begins every contestant’s journey the same way. There’s an audition in front of the judges, a few critiques, and for the lucky ones, a “golden ticket” to Hollywood. That’s American Idol code for moving on to the next round with a couple of hundred other fledgling musicians. This year, one man who got his golden ticket ended up giving it back.

Kohlton Pascal was featured on the program, along with his backstory as a hitchhiking musician who often slept outside. His performance of an original song was enough for judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban to give him that golden ticket to the fabled Hollywood. CarterMatt had this to say about Pascal.

“An original in his own right. He’s a little bit of a nomad. His voice is very deep, dark, and full of growl. We’re not entirely sure that he is a tremendous singer, but he could be very interesting to watch if he makes it far enough.”

It turns out he won’t be going any further. Pascal decided not to go to Hollywood after trying out for the show as a lark. He and his cousin had been hitchhiking from Utah and when they arrived in Reno, ran into the American Idol audition bus. From that original audition, he eventually ended up in front of the judges in Kansas City, Missouri.