Dexter Roberts may have been rather nonchalant during his American Idol audition in Salt Lake City, Utah, but the judges certainly don’t seem to think he’ll fly under the radar for long. And Dexter himself seems to have no qualms about standing out. He even asked Keith Urban to play on his guitar after performing during Hollywood Week! (His charm must have worked — he ended up making Top 31!)
Back for his audition, Dexter sang Idol alum Casey James’ “Drive” and the panel appeared to be in awe of Dexter’s talent. Keith loved hearing his blues influence while Jennifer Lopez called the performance “really impressive.” Harry Connick, Jr. said he seems like the kind of guy who sings just to get through the day, going on to call him “very authentic.” But what else do we know about this 22-year-old singer from Fayette, Alabama?
Renaissance man might sound a bit “hoity-toity” for this down-home country guy, but Dexter is certainly a man of many talents. As Dexter said during the show, he’s a farmhand, tractor driver, and works for his friend’s dog kennel business, Bang Bang, Flop Flop, back in Alabama. His Facebook page also reveals he studies at the Alabama Fire College for hopeful future firemen and women. But if his audition is any indication, Dexter may have to put fighting fires on the back burner (pardon the pun).
During his audition, Dexter proved he has a heart that’s as pure as his voice. He let not one, but two, people use his Fender acoustic guitar at the tryouts that day, according to the Tuscaloosa News. One, fellow contestant C.J. Harris, was someone that Dexter knew previously but Garrett Nichols — a perfect stranger to Dexter — also used Dexter’s guitar after a string on his own instrument broke.
“I guess it’s got some luck to it, I reckon,” Dexter said in his “aw shucks” manner.
Dexter feels fortunate that they allowed guitars during the initial auditions for the first time in Idol history, as he says he feels “naked” without his because he plays it “all the time.”
As for what he hopes comes from his Idol journey, Dexter told the paper, “I hope it changes my life. I don’t know if I’ll make it, but hopefully I do. If I do make it, I want to go and try to be a country music singer.”
We think we could be seeing this guy for a while. What do you think? Sound off on your thoughts about Dexter Roberts in the comments!
Sources: American Idol Net, Tuscaloosa News, Dexter Roberts on Facebook
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