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An American Idol auditionee decided to sing a song written by Vancouver Island’s very own Jesse Roper, and it ended up earning him a ticket to the national singing contest.

The contestant, Jake Durkin performed two songs for a panel of three judges – Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie – during his Nashville audition, one of which was Roper’s 2015 song, ‘Anytime of Night’.

Metchosin-based Roper said he was grinning ear to ear while watching Durkin’s performance.

He wasn’t the only one impressed with the performance, as a clip from the audition shows ‘Anytime of Night’ drawing a big smile from judge Katy Perry.

Durkin was one of the 12 contestants who made it into the second round of auditions, which will take place in Hollywood on March 24th and 25th.


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