Minnesota native advances to Hollywood Round on 'American Idol'


A Minnesota native has earned a "golden ticket" to California to compete on "American Idol," the Pioneer Press reports.

DaJontae Lenear passed the audition round on Thursday night's broadcast of the FOX singing competition, and will be featured show's Hollywood Round, which begins Feb. 5.

Lenear, a 16-year-old from Plymouth who goes to Apple Valley High School, impressed judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. with his rendition of "I'm Here" from the movie "The Color Purple."

Lopez called Lenear "adorable" and said the singer "sounded great" during his "American Idol" audition in Omaha, Nebraska.

Lenear talked with FOX 9 about his audition experience, but couldn't say what happens from here because the show is still prerecorded at this point and he's sworn to secrecy.

"All I can say is that I made it to Hollywood," Lenear said.

Two other contestants with Minnesota ties are also competing in the Hollywood Round.

Priya Vedula is a 21-year-old Michigan native who is going to medical school in Minneapolis; and Eric Gordon, 27, moved to Minneapolis from Richmond, Kansas, and works as a lab technician.

Both Vedula and Gordon received their "golden tickets" to Hollywood while auditioning in Detroit.


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