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.
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.