WATCH Louisiana Oil Worker Get His American Idol Gold Ticket Last Night!

Watching the Season 17 premier of American Idol last night, I felt a sense of déjà vu all over again. There was something very familiar about the quiet entrance of Tyler Mitchell. It made me flashback to Season 16 when Laine Hardy of Livingston walked in with the same kind of humble demeanor. Last year, Laine amazed the judges –and the nation- with his Country Rockin’ Blues talent. This year, Tyler Mitchell from Florien, LA had the same non-assuming entrance with jeans and a guitar, but this guy from the oil fields was hard to miss; 6’4” with a football player frame. Judge Luke Bryan observed right up front, “That's a man right there.” Large and in charge. And a smooth sounding voice that would make Vince Gill proud; singing Whenever You Come Around.

Check out Tyler and Laine's Idol debut auditions below. Even though their two musical styles are different, they share the same bayou ground, with the same values. Hard work. Honesty. Respect. And just like Laine, Tyler Mitchell said he enjoys "huntin', fishin', and lovin' every day," Tyler is also listening to his calling. "I'm here 'cause I've been told I've got a God-given talent, and I'd like to show it off.” You know what I'd like? To be able to see a post-Idol concert starring both of these young men. That would be quality Louisiana entertainment from two quality Louisiana guys.


And there's some more Louisiana connections for American Idol this year. There are two Southeastern Louisiana University stars in the mix, and Laine Hardy is showing support for his friend.

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