American Idol: Big dreams for B.C. teen who wowed judges

The BC teenager who swept the American Idol judges last month has big dreams of using his music to inspire people around the world.

Tyson Venegas, 17, told CTV Morning Live Wednesday that he is preparing to release an original song he hopes will resonate with the audience who discovered him at the American Idol season premiere on Feb. 19. rice field.

“I really hope my music inspires others,” he said.

Looking even further into the future, the Port Moody hometown hero dreams of one day having the opportunity to tour the world or even sing at a “Grammy or Super Bowl.”

“I really love acting,” he said.

A high school student, he’s no stranger to competitions, having won local singing contests, including when he was seven years old.

But his spot on American Idol is the biggest opportunity to showcase his immense talent.

Venegas said on CTV Morning Live that he’s very grateful for the tremendous support he’s received since he wowed judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.

“Oh my god, the reaction is really great,” he said.

The judges awarded Venegas a rare platinum ticket, allowing Venegas to advance through the competition and skip the fight in one round of Hollywood Week.

“Let me tell you, the performance was spot on,” Richie said of the audition.

Impressing Richie was especially meaningful for Venegas, who has admired the legendary performer for a lifetime.

“I felt very honored to perform (for him) and meet him,” Venegas said. “If I had a dream duet, it would probably be Lionel Richie or Bruno Mars.”

Like Mars, Venegas has Filipino roots – and there should be plenty of people watching his next American Idol appearance from both the Philippines and Canada.

“I want to make the Philippines proud and make Vancouver proud,” he said.

Using files from Lisa Steacy of CTV News Vancouver

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