We’ve reached the final round of American Idol Hollywood Week, and let’s just say the process has been a doozy! Grueling rehearsals, clashing personalities, and mounting illnesses have all taken their toll on the contestants — not to mention the possibility of their dreams coming crashing down around them.

That said, some of the hopefuls seem more than ready to compete for the Top 30, including 22-year-old Dexter Roberts. He may not be as sophisticated as a few of the other contestants, but there’s no denying that he knows who he is. “As you can tell, I’m cut real bad country,” Dexter explains with a thick drawl in his voice.

Feeling a bit shaky from all the anxiety, Dexter takes his seat in front of the judges.

“We’re trying to find people that are the real deal,” says Keith. “That’s the most important thing. You can’t be phony. You can’t be all hat, no cattle. But I think you’re the real deal.”

And with that (and a few tears shed in the elevator), Dexter has made it through to the next round!

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