Watch him audition Thursday night on ABC.

A Thibodaux resident will show off his singing skills this week as "American Idol" returns to network TV.

Beau Autin, 25, attended a viewing party tonight hosted by the Terrebonne Place senior living community in Houma, where he has volunteered for about a year. But it turns out the episode did not include Autin's audition, which he expects will appear when the show airs again at 7 p.m. Thursday on ABC.

The media room at the center was filled with anxiety, nervousness and laughter as the residents and Autin watched the show.

"I come here with the residents once a month, when the families of the residents come over for dinner," Autin said. "I play the hour before dinner and then pretty much I have a set list and request songs from them."

Autin plays guitar and sings all kinds of songs and especially likes country and popular tunes from the 1950s and 60s.

"I am so excited for him; he is a wonderful young man who generously comes and works with our seniors," Life Enrichment Coordinator Lorelai Gilliam said. "He learns songs on their request so they can hear songs they loved when they were younger."

Autin recently moved back to Thibodaux with his family and took a year off college to pursue his dream.

"I went to school in New Orleans at Loyola University and studied opera performance," Autin said. "I took a gap year from college and decided that I wanted to get back into popular live music."

Nerves were definitely one of the biggest emotions Autin experienced on Monday, but he got excited when he saw himself on the screen, even if it was just for a few seconds. 

"It was so fantastic to watch the show with the community and see if I was going to be on," Autin said. "Even though they didn't show me today, I was shown on a background shot."

-- Staff Writer Andrea Mujica can be reached at 857-1148 or Follow her on twitter @CationM.