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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

A Thomasville native hopes to become the second south Georgian to win American Idol. Bryan Watt's recent audition won him a trip to Hollywood. He has a voice that can make the toughest critic swoon, and Bryan Watt quickly won over American Idol judges.

Watt says after he appeared on the show, the love began pouring in on twitter, facebook, and even from his Alma Mater, Baylor University. "My phone literally just exploded for about 3 or 4 hours with text messages and messages on facebook, tweets on twitter, it was amazing, it was surprising, and pretty cool," said Watt.

Bryan has always had a knack for performing from participating in plays to performing locally even playing the guitar and piano, but it took a push from the community to get him to finally audition for American Idol. The words of one woman in particular struck a chord and motivated him to audition in Detroit.

"She came up to me and she said Bryan, you have a gift and if you don't use it, you are going to lose it, you need to share it with the world," said Watt. As he prepares to take the stage in Hollywood he's keeping that in mind and remaining grounded.

"He's pretty easy to get along with, it hasn't gone to his head," said his mother Denise Watt. He plans to use this time in the spotlight to bring more attention to Project Backyard, his non-profit group that helps to promote service in the community, all while remembering those who helped him to reach this point in his career as a performer.

"Even though I was way up north, I was representing Georgia, I was representing Thomasville," and Watt says he plans to continue to do his part to make his hometown proud.

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