American Idol

Charlie Askew

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Name: Charlie Askew 
Bio: When the “adorkable” Charlie Askew took to the audition stage in Baton Rouge, LA, the American Idol 2013 judges didn’t know what to expect. But the 17-year-old Little Rock, Arkansas, wowed them with his strange yet stellar performance of “Nature Boy”.

Charlie describes himself as being “socially awkward,” and said he’s found an outlet to express himself through music.

The unpredictable singer, who says, “I glorify weirdness,” revealed in his Road to Hollywood interview that Robert Plant was the artist who inspired him. He watched the musical legend perform and said to himself, “That’s what I want to do.”

As for what makes him stand out among the other hopefuls, Charlie said, “I have perfect pitch.” We’ll see if the Dawg agrees. He also plays several instruments.

The judges don’t seem to know what to make of this unusual young man, but one thing’s for sure -- he has found a major fan in Nicki Minaj. After his performance of “Rocket Man” in Las Vegas, she said, “Your awkwardness excites me. It’s fresh, it’s crazy!” Randy Jackson said the performance was a little “stage school” for him, but he said he liked Charlie.

Charlie also has a superfan in a hopeful who was eliminated in Las Vegas, and that’s the androgynous performer J’DA.

"Aw, I love him so much," J'DA told USA Today. "I would always tell him he's from another planet, he's from another time. I wanted to give him that belt, because I wanted him to sparkle and shine."

Surprisingly (or maybe not), Newsday calls Charlie an “unlikely frontrunner.” We’ll see if America responds to Charlie’s quirkiness.

American Idol Season: 2013 Season 12

Age: 17

Hometown: Little Rock, AR

Audition: Charlie Askew auditioned for American Idol 2013 Season 12 in Baton Rouge, LA. He performed "Breakthrough" by Queen and delighted the judges with his voice and quirky style. He was given a golden ticket to move on to Hollywood Week.

Hollywood Week A Capella Round: During the guys' Hollywood Week, Charlie Askew's performance for the a capella round was not shown. He was moved on to the group round.

Hollywood Week Group Round: During the guys' Hollywood Week, Charlie Askew performed "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars in the group called "The Couch Potatoes" with Curtis Finch Jr. and Nicholas Mathis. The judges gave them a standing ovation and loved the whole performance. All of the guys in the group made it to the solo round.

Hollywood Week Solo Round: During the guys' Hollywood Week, Charlie Askew sang "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye. Although his vocal performance was weak, the judges loved his performance and entertainment value. He was selected to move on to the Top 40.

Top 40/Las Vegas Round 2: For his solo performance in Las Vegas Round 2, Charlie sang "Rocket Man" by Elton John. Even though his vocals were weak once again, Charlie was chosen for the Top 20 because of his overall performance.

Top 20/Semi-Finals Round 2: Charlie took his awkwardness to the next level with his performance of Genesis's "Mama" during the Top 10 guys semi-finals, which had the judges' scratching their heads. Song choice aside, Nicki Minaj especially lamented Charlie's fashion choices.

- Marnie Brodersen

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