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March 10. 2014 5:59PM

Souhegan High grad still on stage as one of American Idol’s’ top 11

MONT VERNON — Alex Preston of Mont Vernon will again take the stage on Wednesday competing for the title of “American Idol” season 13 winner.

Preston, whose real name is Alex Preston Philbrick, is a Souhegan High School graduate who has continued to impress the judges and nationwide voters.

The 20-year-old musician is now one of the top 11 contestants on the show, which will air live at 8 p.m. Wednesday on Fox. The live results show will air at 8 p.m. Thursday on Fox.

This week’s theme will be songs from the cinema, as the final performers choose a favorite movie song to make their own.

Last week, Preston took the stage to perform his version of Gavin DeGraw’s “I Don’t Want to Be.” Although he kept his signature look with the rolled up pants, Preston took a chance wearing a royal blue suit and this time playing an electric guitar.

While he again managed to keep out of the bottom three vote-getters, all three celebrity judges provided some constructive criticism for the contestant, who has so far managed to attract mostly positive comments.

“It wasn’t your best vocal performance for me,” said Jennifer Lopez, adding she didn’t particularly like the arrangement. She did, however, praise Preston for his choice in clothing attire.

Harry Connick Jr. echoed Lopez’s comments, saying the musical arrangement may have overpowered Preston. Connick urged Preston to stick with his soft, intimate style of music, adding he admired Preston’s courage in doing something different.

“You’ve got so much more talent than that,” said Keith Urban, contending there was “instability” in the performance. Urban, however, applauded Preston for his originality.

Preston’s siblings, Matt and Sam, were present for last week’s live show.

During a visit last month to Souhegan High School, Preston told the New Hampshire Union Leader that his Idol experience has been amazing, describing it as an educational opportunity of a lifetime.

“You get to meet all of these people who are doing the same things as you and have the same dream as you.” he said.

“It is one of those things that is all worth it in the end,” Preston said before returning to Los Angeles, thanking his support network and fans in New Hampshire.

khoughton@newstote.com


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