2 BC teens win golden ticket to American Idol

Two British Columbia teenagers are on their way to Hollywood after winning gold tickets in their first auditions for the American Idol reality TV singing competition.

Eshan Sobti, 17, from Mission in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, sang half a man by Dean Lewis to judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, earning him a trip to Los Angeles for the next round of auditions.

“I never thought that in a million years I could audition in front of these judges…and just dream of being on that stage. It’s crazy that I have to do it,” he said. he told CBC. On the coast.

Sobti says he’s been singing all his life, but was inspired to send his tape to the show after watching Nanaimo teenager Lauren Spencer-Smith become a contestant on the show two years ago. .

“That’s when I saw a way to do it too,” he said.

He says Perry told him she liked the “scream in his voice” and Richie told him he had “one of the clearest voices” he had ever heard.

“Which was a really big compliment coming from him, it really surprised me,” he said.

Cameron Whitcomb, an 18-year-old from Kamloops who also landed a golden ticket to Hollywood, says it still doesn’t seem real.

“I’m losing my mind,” he told CBC Radio.

Whitcomb says the original audition was on Oct. 7, but the episodes aren’t airing until now.

To find out what happens next, people will have to tune in to the Sunday show – which airs at 8 p.m. ET on Citytv and ABC, and streams online on Citytv – although Sobti says it will provide updates. day on his Instagram.

“I grew up with all my friends and all my family and they always knew that I love music and it’s so cool to be able to share that with them and continue my journey and they can also watch,” he said. said.

Whitcomb, a pipeline worker, says he now has a vocal coach and hopes there will be more performances in his future.

“It was really good to be there and that’s what I want to do.”