While thousands came out to audition for American Idol, St. Louis’ Evan Cole, 15, was one of 190 performers chosen to advance to the second round in Hollywood, airing this Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm on Fox. It was previously taped, so while he knows how he fared, we the viewers do not, and he’s spent the past several weeks unable to talk about the outcome. But despite his future (or not) with American Idol, he’ll always be a local boy at heart who got his humble beginnings at The Muny and busking outside Cardinals games.

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