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Rhea County teen to audition in front of American Idol judges

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17-year-old Drake McCain has landed an audition in front of the American Idol judges for the upcoming season. (Image: WTVC)

A local face might be on your TV soon as a Rhea County teenager has landed an audition on American Idol.

Drake McCain's audition has gotten him a spot in front of the judges this upcoming season. The Tennessee Valley Theatre hosted a send-off for him last night as he prepares to put it all on the line in Hollywood.

NewsChannel 9's Taylor Stewart sat down with the 17 year old and his family at the send-off. McCain says he can hardly believe it but feels supported by those around him.

"It’s such an honor. I can't even talk because it's crazy," McCain says. "I feel like I need to push harder to set an example for my sister and my younger brother."

McCain's mom Courtney Swafford points to his drive and dependability for getting him so far, saying he has had to grow up quickly for his younger siblings.

"Our family's been through a lot, and Drake has always been my rock, for sure. And I know, for a lot of the girls, he has been too," Swafford says.

McCain always looks out for his sisters, according to Swafford, making sure they're fed and have their homework done while she works the night shift.

The teen says he's aiming high for his whole community.

"I want it for my family. I want it for me, and I want it for my whole town."

McCain will be performing in front of judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. American Idol will air on ABC for the 2018-2019 season.


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