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Ben Briley's American Idol Dream - 02/19/14

  I live in Sumner County.  So when American Idol had a contestant from right down the road, I took an interest.  Ben Briley has impressed at every turn.  His singing, his musicianship, his demeanor on the show and on the phone and on-line when we have spoken and exchanged messages.
  Ben slid into the top 15 men last night with the help of America's vote.  Tonight's the guys turn to perform on Rush Night on American Idol starting at 7p.m. tonight on Fox 17.  I'll be watching for Ben.  I hope he gets a chance to perform.
  Last night, the judges announced at the jump only 10 of the top 15 ladies would perform.  If they do the same thing tonight, and I expect them to, Ben Briley could find himself on the outside looking in since he was the last guy to qualify.  Here's hoping the judges reshuffle all the guys and then choose ten to perform.  If they do that, I think Ben will be among them. 
  Idol has recaptured some of the magic this year.  May the magic continue for the young singer from Gallatin who looks to me like he has a lot of promise.

 

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