Local ‘Idol’ contestant on experience: ‘It was awesome’

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CLEVELAND -- He didn't make it past the Hollywood round in his hopes of becoming the next American Idol.

But Ashtabula-native Tywan "Tank" Jackson says he'll look back at his experience as nothing but positive.

"I went in there with an open mind," Jackson said during a visit to Fox 8 News in the Morning on Tuesday.

"It was fast-paced and on the go," he said of going before judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban. "It was hurry up and wait."

Jackson said he first auditioned for American Idol when he was 13 or 14 years old. He continued to audition for other shows like X Factor.

This was the first time he got a "yes."

"I can't even explain the feeling," Jackson said of moving to the Hollywood round.

His trip to Hollywood was only his second time on an airplane. He first was when he traveled to Denver for his audition.

"I don't get discouraged easily," Jackson said of the experience. "Before you walk into any type of audition you need to have a 'yes' in your heart."

Jackson didn't just impress the judges with his singing, he busted a move to J Lo's "Get Right." Watch the above video to see him dance on Fox 8.

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