ST. CLOUD - St. Cloud State University Student Beau Lastavich is trading his books for a spot on American Idol.

The Big Lake native auditioned in Chicago, and received his Golden Ticket to Hollywood. His audition premiered on last night's episode of American Idol Season 12. Lastavich says there was a lot of waiting involved in the audition process.

Lastavich is no stranger to the St. Cloud area music scene. He and his band Dirtee Circus have performed at Halfway Jam in Royalton, opened for Hairball at the Red Carpet Nightclub, and are regulars at the Keller Bar's open mic night.

Lastavich is in his junior year at SCSU and says regardless of the competition results, he wants to finish school.

We will continue to follow Lastavich's American Idol journey and  have more interviews with him as the contest progresses.

See Beau's interview with American Idol producers after he got his Golden Ticket.