Lots of you don't believe me on the Golden Ticket Marks (N, K, Y)... and I agree with you that maybe I'm wrong about what they mean, but I KNOW I'm right that they exist. I present to you, exhibit B. I found these one or two pictures posted freely online... just by googling "American Idol golden ticket" -- one is from season ten, one is from many years ago. I edited out these people's names because I do not have their permission to post them.. however, if you google what I googled I'm sure you'll find them too. One is on a website, the other on a person's flickr page. Here are those two pictures below.
The third picture is my very own golden ticket. I edited out both my name and contestant number because I know you people are crafty and you can probably track me down. If you can't, the AI folks certainly can look it up. I did take a picture of my nails on that day though, a) because they were super cute and b) because you can see them in the golden ticket picture. Not that I REALLY care if you don't believe me, but considering I had this picture I included it.