One of my very favorite American Idol alums auditioned for The Voice 4. Season 3 alum, Jon Peter Lewis will be the first American Idol finalist to compete on the competition reality show when it returns to NBC on March 25.

Jon Peter made the announcement Monday night via twitter:

Hey all. I auditioned for The Voice on NBC! Check it out on March 25th to see how I did. #thevoicemarch25

People, we are going to be partying like it’s 2004. And I’m not gonna lie, I’m kind of excited. No, really!

Jon Peter, or JPL as Ryan Seacrest dubbed him or THE PEN SALESMAN as Simon Cowell called him (he showed up to his Idol audition in shirt sleeves and a tie), was eliminated in 8th place season 3. He was literally the first WGWG to compete in the finals. Except in those days, guys weren’t allowed to play guitars, and the themes were mostly R&B, pop and country.  Season 3 was the year of the diva, with Fantasia eventually taking the crown.

I always believed that if JPL auditioned a few years later, when he could sing with a live band and could from a wider array of tunes and genres,  he would have fared much better in the competition.  The Voice should provide a much more hospitable environment for his talent. So this should be good.

After American Idol, JPL released two really solid albums, the 2006 release Stories from Hollywood and Break the Silence in 2008.

The Voice panel better swivel those damn chairs for him, or I’m going to cut a bitch. Ha.

 
  • http://twitter.com/Universian8X Anna Bones Clarkwood

    JPL is one of my favorite guys & I don’t have that many. On the show he wasn’t. However, just like Jason Castro, he does so much better with his own material. I hope skeptics y/t him now that he has a few moments (at least) of spotlight again.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC5Q6ULBZZD3YT6AIN4NTU4S74 Whiteshirt

    I’ll be partying right next to you. I loved him on American idol, especially because that year it was all about the screaming and my ears needed a break.

    His original stuff is so good — I hope he makes the connections he needs to get the exposure his talent deserves.

  • RalphResty

    That’s great!  Hope he’ll be more successful in the Voice.

  • CB40

    I still contend one of my favorite Idol moments ever was JPL winning a wild card slot with his performance of “Little Less Conversation”

  • http://twitter.com/avrohama aj rabin

    Retreads don’t make it. Just look at Frenchie Davis. All I can remember from JPL is his jailhouse rock performance and not in a good way. But the Idaho native sure had loads of charisma. The voice will do anything to destroy idol.

  • EmmaCT

    He’s very, very talented – and a very funny guy. Wish AI would take a cue from “The Voice” and eliminate the joke contestants in the auditions. What makes them interesting is to see how the “really good” stand out from the “good.” “The Voice” auditions are really entertaining, no bad singers – can’t wait to see JPL 9 years later!

  • Revstrom

    He most likely made it.  Most of the peeps who made it last season posted the “see how I did” tweets even before the show began. I’m guessing Team Blake! w00t!!!

    I wonder if Carson’s going to call him “JPL” as well! Ha!

    I’m really excited to watch The Voice now.

  • cheese1

    I was already looking forward to The Voice, but now I’m super excited (and slightly embarrassed about how excited I am, ha). I think he’s good enough to turn at least one chair, and know that he’s leagues beyond where he was on Idol.

    It will be interesting to see his intro package and whether they even mention Idol. I always figured some Idol contestants who made the voting rounds would show up on the Voice, but I was expecting, say, Alex Lambert or Lily Scott and not JPL. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=34307244 Shana Collier

    I haven’t watched The Voice yet.  However, if JPL is going to be on the show now is a good time to start tuning in.  Interestingly, JPL was the contestant that made me start watching American Idol and I’m still here 9 years later.  I am really excited to see how Jon does.  He seems to have a much better sense of who he is as an artist since his days on Idol.    

  • elliegrll

    Good luck to him, but this doesn’t do a lot to distance him from the label of someone who is more of a reality tv star than a legitimate singer. 

  • Kirsten

    He was literally the first WGWG to compete in the finals.

    IDK. Lance Corpral A$$hat was probably the first according to the definition that includes Scotty McCreery. Although, Josh Gracin did seem to change himself during the competition during Season 2.

    I loved JPL because he made the show fun, but (IMO) he was kind of the prototype of the Sanjaya/Tim Urban character. The entertaining guy without much of singing voice who stuck around because he was cute and people liked watching Simon’s head explode. (here he is singing “Drift Away”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPu4wd6lmmI)

    Granted, he may have tried out too early before he really had his sound down, so he may be in a better position this time around, but I really think, sometimes, it’s time to stop being on singing competition shows. If Idol in it’s hay day didn’t provide him with a career, I’m not sure the Voice can (especially since the Voice hasn’t exactly proven it can make anybody’s career unless they are sitting in a red chair).

    He is entertaining, so I wish him luck.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Good luck to JPL. I haven’t followed him at all since Idol. After Idol, I remember that he had an internet show that commented on the show. What else has he been doing?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WUA7FKK354CYJFF2FRT2UFCQVQ KATHYB

    Except that Alex is backed by the estabilshment, as Clear Channel, for ex., has promoted him in the past, and he’s actually a level of singer that The Voice would kill for. So IDK if reality would ever actually make that happen.

  • MellyPer1692

    I never got the appeal of this guy.

  • http://twitter.com/ColtonsBatgirl Nicole Overstreet

    I’m parting with you right now! JPL was one of my favorites back in season 3 next to Dianna. 

  • http://www.randrambles.com Rand

    YES! I loved JPL on his season. Him, Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia were my favorites.

  • Larc

    I loved JPL because he made the show fun, but (IMO) he was kind of the
    prototype of the Sanjaya/Tim Urban character. The entertaining guy
    without much of singing voice who stuck around because he was cute and
    people liked watching Simon’s head explode. (here he is singing “Drift
    Away”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPu4wd6lmmI

    Blocked by Freemantle!  If The Voice is going to try to do it to Idol, Idol will do it to them first.

  • http://twitter.com/dam744 Damien Roberts

    JPL! JPL! JPL!

    The Voice has generally been pretty open about their contestants pasts, but I wonder if they’ll address his American Idol past or not…I’d venture to say no.

  • sdmama

    It did not occur to me that he might have done better if a guitar could be brought in. Maybe. Three weeks may have been too short to capture imagination of who matters, but I feel that any Top 5 that could not make a successful recording career after Idol exposure will not do so after lesser shows. (Sorry, I still believe Idol is the only factory that has products.) 
    That being said, this is a job, and should give him another exposure. If this keeps him in the business, that’s great, and I am glad that Voice is giving these talented but not-quite-made-it artists chances to perform in front of a lot of people. I  liked him while on Idol, and there has to be niche place for him somewhere. Good luck!  I will check it out for sure.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Hell to the YES!  I didn’t even watch his season of Idol. I only checked into halfway through season 4.  But I lurve “Stories from Hollywood.”  Can’t wait.  I’m probably the only one who will miss Xtina. LOL.

  • tripp_ncwy

    I don’t remember Carson or the judges ever mentioning onair that Frenchie Davis had been on idol.  

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I hardly think giving JPL a shot is an attempt to “destroy” Idol.  I think it’s a good show and healthy competition to keep Idol on its toes. If anyone wants to bury Idol, it’s Simon and his lousy X-factor.

    ETA: Most of American probably doesn’t remember JPL. I only know if him through my Idol geekiness.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I don’t either. And it’s not relevant.

  • http://www.facebook.com/djafans Fan Dja

    This show I do watch!  Excited for JPL.

  • mjsbigblog

    Cheese! Like the good ole days. :)

     but now I’m super excited (and slightly embarrassed about how excited I am, ha). 

    ITA. Ha

  • mjsbigblog

    IDK. Lance Corporal A$$hat was probably the first according to the definition that includes Scotty McCreery.

    Well, the definition of WGWG has become so elastic at this point, it includes just about every pale guy who breaths. Heh.

    My own definition of a WGWG does not include Scotty, who rarely plays guitar, and is straight up country rather than a variation of rock. I can’t ever remember seeing Josh Gracin with a guitar in his hand, but maybe I missed it.

  • breakdown

    Yea, I just remember him as a likable guy without much of a voice.

  • Incipit

    Lance Corporal A$$hat was probably the first according to the definition that includes Scotty McCreery.

    Wait. What? Bwahahaha! Looks like I missed some interesting stuff in an overview of the first six seasons – and not just Cowell’s head exploding either! “Lance Corporal A$$hat?” I’ll have to look that up. 

    JPL’s voice, or songs that I have heard him do aren’t the kind I like to buy or listen to – but hey – if he has another shot and is able to take advantage of it – more power to him. At least Kirsten didn’t consign him to the A$$hat Battalion. Heh.

  • maymirabella

    LOL JPL was entertaining, that is for sure. He did make me laugh but some of us back then were saying JPL stood for Just Plain Lousy.  LOL. But the guy does make me laugh. 

  • maymirabella

    He was on the same season as Jennifer Hudson too. So he can always say he competed against and lived in the same mansion with an oscar winner.  That would be cool to be able to say.  I admit, I am a big JHud fan but thought JPL was so funny and different and unconventional.  I do not think Simon liked him at all.

  • Niall

    I wasn’t a JPL fan, but I have a soft spot for the halcyon days of AI and therefore will be rooting for him.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5CTSGSGATMXQESVDDD7RWQRYXU Jane

    WGWG means “male, light skin, sings.”  That covers it all anymore it seems.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5CTSGSGATMXQESVDDD7RWQRYXU Jane

    Damn.  I’m going to have to watch The Voice. 

  • Allison

    I’m curious to why you categorize Josh Gracin as an A$$hat ? Pushups or murdering “Celebration” or something else?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Are you all going VFTW? lol. I didn’t know this guy but he’s singing like crap on the video above. lol

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    I can’t ever remember seeing Josh Gracin with a guitar in his hand, but maybe I missed it.

    No instruments allowed back then. But, I think he’s leaning against a tree with a guitar in his hand on his album cover, so I guess that counts? ;)And I have a soft spot for JPL. I remember him dancing with his dad when he got voted off.  I also remember he was really popular and that Shack at TwoP created a “Harem” thread for him because he was definitely the “cute one.”

  • Kirsten

     

    I’m curious to why you categorize Josh Gracin as an A$$hat

    LOL. I’m not entirely sure how he got that nickname, but it was over at TWOP. A lot of people were angry about his “backstory” so that’s probably where it came from.

    Josh’s season occurred during the ramp up to the second Gulf War and he was a Marine. There was lots of discussion about how his unit might be suddenly deployed and conspiracy theories about the Marines trying to get free advertising by letting him stay on the show and how he was getting the “patriotic” vote (yes, Virgina, there have always been backstories, conspiracy theories and voting blocks on Idol). I didn’t actually mind him, but I still think of that nickname to this day. Probably due to my curiosity about exactly what A$$hat means.

    He did go on to show you didn’t have to be signed to the Idol home label to have success (he had a Gold selling Country album and three top 10 singles in that format).

  • mjsbigblog

    I also remember he was really popular and that Shack at TwoP created a “Harem” thread for him because he was definitely the “cute one.”

    Yes…I vaguely remember that. *clears throat* 

  • http://twitter.com/ReboundsMom ReboundsMom

    Ah, proto-WGWG!  Don’t remind me of what could have been on Manilow night. :( I’m glad to see he’s still plugging away, though.