Credit: FOX ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Photo: Cortez Shaw in Season 11, Episode 5: Houston Auditions

We're still not quite sure if Cortez Shaw is winner material, but we do admire his determination. The powers that be behind American Idol 2013 should divide the hopefuls for Season 12 into “newbies” and “veterans,” as it seems that nearly half of the Top 40 have been down this Idol Road before. Returning hopeful and Dallas native Cortez Shaw calls this season his “second chance at redemption.”

The handsome singer sat down with to discuss his idols (Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Whitney Houston), his Idol inspirations (Kelly Clarkson and Ruben Studdard), and why he thinks he’s the next American Idol. As he put it, “This is my dream. This is my passion,” and he thinks all his hard work will get him there.

It’s interesting to take a look back at his audition last year, as Randy Jackson seemed to want to cut off his rendition of Adele’s “Someone Like You”. A bad case of Adele burnout, perhaps? But Jennifer Lopez let him finish, and he got three yeses, sending him to Hollywood. As he said in his package last year, “American Idol is opportunity at its greatest.” We’ll see if he’s able to capitalize on it.

What do you think -- could Cortez win it all?


Credit: YouTube/Fox Photo: American Idol 2013 Top 40: Road to Hollywood - Cortez Shaw



Credit: YouTube Photo: Watch Cortez Shaw Sing Adele’s “Someone Like You” in American Idol Season 11 Houston Auditions on January 26, 2012
Credit: FOX Photo: Cortez Shaw Sings Whitney Houston’s "I Will Always Love You" in American Idol 2013 Hollywood Week, Round 1 (VIDEO)
Credit: FOX Photo: Cortez Shaw Sings "Sunny" in American Idol 2013 Hollywood Week, Round 2 (VIDEO)
Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Cortez Shaw Sing “Locked Out of Heaven” in American Idol 2013 Guys Semi-Finals