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Fargo's Zach Johnson advances on 'American Idol'

FARGO - Zach Johnson celebrated his 21st birthday on Tuesday. The next day, his previously recorded audition for "American Idol" aired - and the Fargo man who grew up in Wendell, Minn., is going to the next round in Hollywood. Johnson said he was...

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In this file photo, Zach Johnson of Fargo performs in the March 22, 2014, Fargo Star finals at The Venue at The Hub in Fargo. Johnson is going on to the next round of "American Idol" competition. Dave Wallis / The Forum
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FARGO – Zach Johnson celebrated his 21st birthday on Tuesday.

The next day, his previously recorded audition for “American Idol” aired – and the Fargo man who grew up in Wendell, Minn., is going to the next round in Hollywood.

Johnson said he was more nervous about watching Wednesday’s episode, which revealed highlights from the Minneapolis auditions, than when he sang Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes” for Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez.

“If you don’t talk with a country accent, don’t sing with a country accent,” Connick responded after the performance.

Lopez asked if he would try again, and Johnson won over the judges with Luke Bryan’s “Drink a Beer.”

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He’ll advance to Hollywood Week, a round of competition that was recorded in October and will begin airing on Fox in early February.

He also got an invitation to go on stage during Urban’s performance in Sioux Falls, S.D., a couple weeks later, and a clip of the two singing “Friends in Low Places” was shown Wednesday.

Johnson said no matter what happens, Connick’s advice “pushed me in the right direction.”

“I’m light years away from where I was in that audition,” he said.

 

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