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Remember When Sundance Head Tried His Luck on ‘American Idol’?

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Long before Sundance Head made his way to The Voice, he was on another reality singing competition — American Idol. Nearly a decade ago in 2007, the singer auditioned for the sixth season of Idol.

While he placed in the Top 20 on the show, his early audition video had Simon Cowell certain that he’d make it to the finals. At the Memphis auditions, Head performed a beautiful a capella version of “Stormy Monday” and he had all three judges in disbelief.

“Wow,” Cowell said. “Probably one of the best voices we’ve heard on the auditions this year in every way. I’m going to be amazed if you don’t make the finals. I thought it was terrific, well done.”

Paula Abdul raved about his “powerful voice,” while Randy Jackson also praised the singer.

“We in Memphis and you come in singing a blues song and blew it out. You sounded great. 100 million percent yes, this boy’s the bomb,” Jackson gushed.

Season 6 of American Idol saw a win from Jordin Sparks, while Sundance Head placed in the Top 15. In an interview, he said he decided to try out for The Voice hoping to share with his children the importance of taking risks.

“I have a lot of people that believe in me and I have children now that are getting older,” he stated. “I wanted to show them that it’s important to take risks. And I accepted the challenge because they asked me to do it. It’s a learning experience for my family also. For me, I think I’ve grown tremendously as a musician, an artist and a vocalist. And I just wanted to give it another shot if it was possible.”

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