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Here are 5 reasons you'll fall in love with American Idol hopeful Zach Johnson…and the 1 reason Harry Connick Jr. didn't

I’m fairly sure I fell deep in love with American Idol hopeful Zach Johnson in the first 10 seconds of his tryout. And you will too…I assure you. Here are a few reasons for you to ponder:

  1. He sang a Keith Whitley song. Enough said.
  2. He is not only a fan of Garth Brooks, but sounds eerily similar to Garth Brooks.
  3. He wore a sweatshirt, faded jeans and didn’t shave. My kind of guy.
  4. He smiles…a lot.
  5. Two weeks after his American Idol tryout, he got up on stage with American Idol judge Keith Urban at a tour stop in South Dakota…and killed it.

Of course, it wasn’t long before fellow judge Harry Connick, Jr. spoke up and put a bit of a damper on things.

“Dude, if you don’t talk with a country accent, don’t sing with a country accent because that tells me you are not who you really are,” Connick said, as the camera panned over to Urban giving his fellow judge a bit of a glare.

Luckily for Johnson, and the future of his fan club which I intend to be president of, American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez encouraged Johnson to sing another song that showed a bit more of his vocal range.

Johnson proceeded to sing “Drink a Beer” by Luke Bryan and that coveted golden ticket to Hollywood was finally and officially his.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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