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Could This American Idol Contestant Be Country's Next Star?

 
Posted January 15th, 2016 @ 1:58pm



Remember this name: John Wayne Schulz.

The Texas native and contestant on the final season of American Idol could just become the next superstar of country music.

John Wayne, who first appeared on Season 10 of the show, delivered what the judges called a “perfect, succinct performance” of Garth Brooks’ “The Dance” during Thursday night’s audition episode. The song surely means a lot to John Wayne, who lost his mom to cancer a few years ago.

“I decided to come back because this is the last season of American Idol. I love music. I love singing,” the country traditionalist told the camera before performing for the judges. “I’m definitely back with a fire inside of me to do the very best that I can. I feel this is a great way to honor my mother’s memory and also reach for my goals.”

During Season 10, the Marine Corps flight instructor was eliminated when the judges decided to instead keep Scotty McCreery, who went on to win that season.

Watch John Wayne’s season 15 audition and find out which Lady Antebellum song became the soundtrack to his segment below.

American Idol airs Wednesdays and Thursdays on Fox.

John Wayne Schulz - Audition

He's making his momma proud.

Posted by American Idol on Thursday, January 14, 2016

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