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The stakes were high on American Idol on Monday night as only seven out of 12 singers would survive the All-Star duet round. Among those who got to meet their real-life idols, one contestant was stoked to get together with one of his all-time favorite artists for a more meaningful reason.
When Dennis Lorenzo was introduced to soul singer Allen Stone, Lorenzo told him that he was excited to sing Stone’s hit song “Unaware” with him because it had been the tune he auditioned and made it to Hollywood with. Lorenzo also said the song had gotten him through some hard times. “A couple years back, it was tough, you know? I was homeless out here,” Lorenzo told Stone. “I used to play shows all over, and your song was my saving grace every time. And to think that I’m singing it with you, this is mind-blowing. It’s amazing, man.”
Stone seemed to have an equal respect for Lorenzo. “It’s cool to meet somebody who can sing circles around me,” he admitted. Later, Stone said of Lorenzo: “Guy sings like an angel. He’s got the vocal cords of a flock of beautiful doves.”
Lorenzo also revealed that the song was what started him on his musical journey, and Stone encouraged the Idol contender to use his memories of sleeping on the streets to feel the sound. When the two performed the hit in front of the judges, Lorenzo held his own. In fact, Stone told Ryan Seacrest, “I think that song is now a duet. I’ve never sung it with anybody before, but I don’t know if I’ll sing it alone ever again.”
In the end, Dennis made it through to the next round; Dominique, Layla Spring, Trevor McBane, Kay Kay, and Brandon Diaz were eliminated. However, they didn’t go home empty-handed. They received some advice from Luke Bryan, who told them, “You know, guys, just understand that to be at this point, please take it as you can control your journey in music. Please. And I guess we have to trust our hearts. But trust yourselves more than us, please.”
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