As promised, Wichita native Cameron Bedell appeared on Wednesday night’s season premiere of “American Idol” and received a “golden ticket” to Hollywood from the show’s celebrity judges.
Bedell was the third singer featured on Wednesday’s show, which aired footage from auditions that happened last summer in Nashville, where Bedell now lives and works.
He walked into the audition room and faced judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. Bedell introduced himself as being from Wichita, Kan., and began strumming the chords to Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing.”
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As Bedell sang, both Urban and Lopez swayed along with the music. At one point, Urban briefly sang along.
All three judges agreed that Bedell should advance to Hollywood and handed him a ticket. He thanked them, then went into the hallway to celebrate with his wife, Anna, whom he met at Butler Community College and married in 2012.
When he left, the judges discussed Bedell’s tryout.
“I loved that guy,” Lopez said, and the judges agreed that he had a “Sam Cooke vibe.”
An interview with Bedell following his audition showed his humorous side.
“Keith Urban – that’s my dawg,” Bedell said. “I felt like we had a connection. When I get back to Nashville from Holly-wizzle, I’m going to look you up.”
Bedell, 26, is a 2007 graduate of Maize High School and attended Butler Community College from 2007 to 2009. He’s the son of Gary and Linda Bedell.
The Hollywood rounds will air in a few weeks, when Bedell will likely appear on the show again. On Thursday, the show will air more footage from the Nashville auditions plus some from the Kansas City auditions. It airs at 7 p.m. on Fox, Channels 4 and 2004.