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Will a singer from Boise be the next ‘American Idol’? He advanced on this week’s shows

Logan Johnson, who graduated from Centennial High in 2016, is competing on the new season of “American Idol.”
Logan Johnson, who graduated from Centennial High in 2016, is competing on the new season of “American Idol.” ABC/YouTube

Logan Johnson grew up in Boise, but he took his singing voice worldwide this week on “American Idol.”

Johnson, who graduated from Centennial High in 2016, advanced to the next round of Hollywood Week on “Idol” after delivering a cover of City and Colour’s “Sensible Heart” on Sunday’s episode. On Monday’s show, he advanced through a group round. Johnson is now among the top 40 contestants, and moves on to Hawaii as competition stiffens in the next episode.

Johnson, who lists his vocation as “golf shop attendant,” has successfully maintained his sobriety for nearly a year, he explained. “I’m 20 years old, and I just hope I can be a light for people struggling with drug addiction,” he told the “Idol” judges.

Johnson already had impressed them during two days of auditions held last October in Coeur d’Alene. After singing a cover of Demi Lovato’s “Sober,” he drew comments of “wow” from Lionel Richie and Katy Perry. “I think he’s incredible,” Luke Bryan added. “... I’m seeing, like, this Timberlake thing.”

How far will Johnson take his talents? “American Idol” continues Sunday on ABC.

Michael Deeds covers entertainment for the Idaho Statesman, where he chronicles the Boise good life through news articles and opinion columns. Deeds first invaded the Statesman as an intern in 1991. Since then, he’s also freelanced for publications ranging from The Washington Post and Relix to the airlines magazine in the seatback in front of you.
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