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ASHTABULA, Ohio-- Tywan “Tank” Jackson has been on cloud nine since learning his fate on American Idol last week.

The Ashtabula native is heading to Hollywood and he said he couldn’t be happier about it.

"I wasn't really nervous. I just figured I had to go in there and do what I usually do, you know- just be me, perform and have fun,” said Jackson.

The 29-year-old clearly impressed the judges with his rendition of a Luther Vandross song. He also performed a choreographed dance to Jennifer Lopez’s big hit, “Get Right.”

Watch his audition below:

"Using her song and choreography, it just made me feel wonderful. It was surreal. It was just out of this world,” he said.

Jackson isn’t a stranger to the auditioning process. He’s been trying out for years, but has never made it this far. Even so, he’s never given up hope.

"All this time, all these no's and then finally three yeses,” he said while smiling.

As you can imagine, Tank is pretty popular around town these days. He can’t go anywhere without meeting a fan, but his biggest fans are by far his family. He said they have been there for him since day one.

"I almost didn't go. I don't know why. I was like maybe I'll just keep working, but then finally I was like I'm going. I'm going to go. It turned out perfectly. They all pushed me; they're like go, it's the last year, maybe you'll be number 15 and here I am in the running for number 15,” he said.

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