Four East Texans to compete for chance at ‘American Idol’ fame

Four East Texans to compete for chance at ‘American Idol’ fame
At least four East Texans are competing for their chance to become America’s next musical idol. (Slayton, Ashley)

EAST TEXAS (KLTV/KTRE) - At least four East Texans are competing for their chance to become America’s next musical idol.

Riley Thompson, of Mabank, Trejon Jackson, of Malakoff, Vivian Villapudua, of Tyler and Laci Kaye Booth, of Livingston have all been confirmed as contenstants on the show.

FOUR. MORE. DAYS!!!! Who is gonna be watchingggg!??? 😝💙🎤 Katy Perry Lionel Richie Luke Bryan American Idol Don’t forget!! March 3!!!! #rileythompsonmusic #thenextidol #americanidol

Posted by Riley Thompson Music on Wednesday, February 27, 2019
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Jackson participated in KLTV/KTRE’s East Texas Idol on Aug. 31, coming in second place. He earned himself a pass to the Shreveport competition.

One thing I had to learn to conquer success ... was to believe in MYSELF first before ANYTHING...🎤 #Americanidol2019 #MusicISmypassion🎼

Posted by Trey Jackson on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Season 2 is set to premiere on March 3 and airs Sundays at 7 p.m. central. Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie return to the show.

In 2018, Shelbyville native Cade Foehner climbed the ‘Idol’ ladder to reach the Top 5. Foehner later released a song and toured the country with the Top 7 finalists.

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