By AMELIA PROUD
No holding her back now: Rachelle, with a bit of help from daughter Madison, reached the judges - especially J-Lo - with her voice and tale of unhappy married life tonight
Whether it's coincidence or not, this season's auditions on American Idol have been peppered with talented women (often with children) telling tales of husbands who held them back.
It's hard not to see an echo, however deliberate or not, of 42-year-old Jennifer Lopez's split from Marc Anthony, particularly tonight when she sends Rachelle Lamb through to Hollywood from the St Louis auditions.
The 26-year-old told the judges that she is going through a divorce after being held back by her husband before he left her, J-Lo interjected sympathetically: 'You do things for love sometimes,' before looking down at her hands.
Tearful: J-Lo wiped her eyes and said: 'I didn't need to hear that right now,' as Lauren Gray sang Adele's One and Only
Randy gave his fellow judge a knowing look, before Rachelle continued to explain that her husband hated the song she's about to sing.
J-Lo then whooped: 'Well, that's the one we want to hear,' before Rachelle wowed them with the apt Faith Hill's, Find Somebody New.
Later in the show, J-Lo wiped a tear away as Lauren Gray sang Adele's One and Only and said: 'I didn't need to hear that right now.'
At the start of the show, the melodious strains of Coldplay's Fix You transported us back eight years ago to when Carrie Underwood took the trip to the St Louis auditions, it's a poignant remind of what the show can do.
Striking a chord: J-Lo was moved by Rachelle's story and Randy offered her a knowing and sympathetic look
Tears of joy: Ryan Seacrest chats to an overwhelmed Rachelle after she discovers she's going to Hollywood
Star quality: Johnny Keyser was an instant hit with the judges, J-Lo even thought him 'sexy'
The American Idol 2012 auditions episodes wrapped tonight and St Louis proved they still have star quality.
Opening with that reminder of Underwood's success after auditioning in 2004, the night was filled with performers hoping to follow in her footsteps.
Johnny Keyser opened with his tale of divorce and being raised by his father.
The 22-year-old also had an amazing tone and the judges loved him and Jennifer even said 'You know you’re going to be a star?' Let’s hope so. He’s one of the best auditions I’ve seen this season. And on top of that, he’s got a great look and attitude.'
Change is going to come by Sam Cooke was his choice of tune, and it left the judges gobsmacked.
He's through! Already a favourite, Johnny is expected to go far in Hollywood
Glee-ful: Bullied at school, the choir was his salvation... and now he's going to Hollywood
Moved to tears: Tyler was overwrought with emotion after Reis's rendition of Bill Withers' Lean On Me