When this Johnny Cash-sounding “American Idol” contestant took the stage, he totally floored Keith Urban NDN

It’s a common occurrence on these singing competition shows – a guy or gal steps onstage and the voice that comes out certainly doesn’t match the person we see in front of us.

It’s ratings magic.

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But even we found ourselves shocked by the sound that came out of this Georgia cowboy on this clip from “American Idol.” From Dacula, Georgia, 18-year-old Josiah Siska proclaimed himself to be a huge Johnny Cash fan.

“Big Johnny Cash fan,” he explained to then-judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. “That’s what I’m going to be doing today.”

Tackling a legend like Johnny Cash in front of another huge country star like Keith Urban had to make Josiah nervous, but he didn’t show one ounce of nerves. And in fact, Keith was by far one of the most speechless judges on the panel during the audition, where the teeanger did his best Johnny Cash impression on the song “Ghost Riders.”

“That’s just so cool,” responded fellow judge Harry Connick Jr.

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While that may have been “American Idol’s” farewell season on Fox, the hit competition show will be returning to television in March on ABC. This time around Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan will take the coveted judges’ seats as they search for the next Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson.

Will you be watching?

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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