“American Idol” returned Sunday for its third season on ABC as plenty of hopefuls had big dreams on the line and a few endured eyebrow-raising moments.

Douglas Kiker, a garbage man from Mobile, Alabama, knew very little about music, but came to “Idol” auditions, he said, to impress his 3-year-old daughter. His only singing experience was on the back of a garbage truck.

Judge Lionel Richie sent Kiker out of the audition room to warm up his voice and ease his nerves by singing in front of the crowd waiting to audition. When he returned, Kiker got a little help from Luke Bryan on the keyboard, belting out “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts, which warmed the judges’ hearts and made Katy Perry cry.

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