Caleb Hawley advances in ‘Idol’ competitionHawley’s performance of “Hallelujah, I Love Her So,” a Ray Charles hit, got judge Steven Tyler adding percussion and singing along.
Hudson High School graduate Caleb Hawley appeared on the first “American Idol” show of the season Wednesday night and was chosen to advance to the next round of competition.
Hawley’s performance of “Hallelujah, I Love Her So,” a Ray Charles hit, got judge Steven Tyler adding percussion and singing along.
Judges Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez agreed with Tyler that Hawley, 25, deserved to advance to the Hollywood round of competition.
Hawley’s parents, Dale and Vicki Hawley, and his in-laws, Patrick and Debbie O’Keefe, watched the show with more than 30 other friends and family members at the Agave Kitchen in downtown Hudson. The Hawleys and O’Keefes are Hudson residents.
Hawley is married to the former Samantha O’Keefe, who met when they were sophomores at Hudson High. The couple has lived New York City for the past four years. He is graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Debbie O’Keefe, Samantha and Samantha’s aunt Carolyn Grupe also made it into the pre-recorded “American Idol” show.
The greeted him as he exited the “American Idol” doorway carrying his golden ticket to the Los Angeles competition. Grupe danced with Idol host Ryan Seacrest.
Hawley isn’t allowed to say how he fared in the next round of competition.