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We’ve reached the third and final week of American Idol auditions, which means we’re down to the wire on which contestants will compete for Season 13! Since it started back on January 15, Idol’s thirteenth season has already proven to be a totally different animal from previous trips down the Ryan Seacrest road.

Of course, there’s one thing that hasn’t changed: the nail biting experience of auditioning for the judges! January 29’s episode finds HarryKeith, and Jennifer headed to Salt Lake City, Utah, in hopes of tracking down the country’s next big superstar before it’s off to Hollywood!

It’s here where Keith, Jennifer, and Harry meet Casey Thrasher. Looking totally nervous while he sweated it out in the pre-audition box of horrors, Casey proved he had nothing to fear once he started singing for J.Lo, Keith, and Harry. 

This small town boy from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has big dreams. The 22-year-old has two little ones at home and his main goal in life is to give them a happy home.

“I’ve done every crummy job you could possibly do just to make ends meet,” he tells cameras. He and Keith have a nice heart-to-heart about the struggles of raising children before Casey tells the famous Aussie they’ve actually met before at a concert in Nashville. “I got here by believing,” Casey explains before starting in on “Believe” by Brooks & Dunn.

We love it. The judges love it. America, did you love it? Because Casey’s on to Hollywood and we see big things on the horizon for this country fella. 

What do you think of Casey’s performance? Will he make it to the Top 31? Read our spoilers here!


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