Tulsa area yet to be represented as 'American Idol' moves to Hollywood round
BY JASON ASHLEY WRIGHT World Scene Writer
Friday, February 08, 2013
2/08/13 at 5:39 AM
Oklahoman ‘Idol’ Find out how the Sooner State is represented on “American Idol.”
So far, there isn't any 918 representation on "American Idol."
However, we have the girls' performances - specifically, two from the Tulsa area - to look forward to when the reality competition series' Hollywood round continues next week.
Owasso's Kayden Stephenson, who tugged the heartstrings of the show's celebrity judges during the Oklahoma City auditions, wasn't moved on in Wednesday night's episode.
"I'm definitely gonna come back next year ... and use this as my motivation to win," he said before parting.
As in seasons past, the Hollywood round - with guys competing in this week's episodes, followed by girls' performances next week - includes singing a cappella, followed by the group exercise, then solos, the latter of which aired Thursday.
Although Matt Farmer of Tulsa, who auditioned during the Long Beach, Calif., episode, was picked to go to Hollywood, nothing has been said of him on "Idol" since someone claiming to be him admitted to lying about his story on the show - a story about how he was injured by an IED while serving in the military overseas.
He allegedly posted that confession during a conversation strain on the website Guardian of Valor, which first started posting comments from military personnel about Farmer. Guardian of Valor's mission is to "out people who falsely claim military service and/or claim unauthorized medals or tabs."
Two Tulsa residents - 20-year-old Zoanette Johnson and 16-year-old Lexi Schmidt - made it past the Oklahoma City auditions to the Hollywood round, but we won't know how they did until the shows air next week.
For more about the show, check out tulsaworld.com/idol
Original Print Headline: Okie talent yet to shine on 'Idol' in Hollywood
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Kayden Stephenson of Owasso auditions on "American Idol." Fox/Courtesy