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Preston’s run: Idol or not, he amazed

Alex Preston, 21, of Mont Vernon, was voted off of American Idol last week after making the top three. What a wonderful run he had.

New Hampshire seems to have more than its share of celebrities. None of them is quite like Alex Preston. This young man from Mont Vernon stood on stage before millions of people and performed as if it were the most natural thing in the world. And it was beautiful.

Preston brought so much more than a good voice. For instance, when he performed “Every Breath You Take” by The Police, he improved it. He gave it a new arrangement, new phrasing, and he reimagined the emotional depth. He took a familiar pop standard and gave it elegance. There are a lot of wealthy, famous pop stars who could never do that.

Week after week, Preston showcased an enormous talent. He deserves all of the notoriety and acclaim the show has given him. May the exposure take him where he dreamed it would.


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