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Van Alstyne teen to sing on 'American Idol'

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Austin Michael Robinson of Van Alstyne talks about his "American Idol" audition. (KTEN) Austin Michael Robinson of Van Alstyne talks about his "American Idol" audition. (KTEN)

VAN ALSTYNE, Texas -- A Van Alstyne teenager has a date on one of TV's best-known competitions. Austin Michael Robinson is competing to be the next American Idol.

He's only 16 years old, but he's been singing country music and playing guitar for almost half his life.

"When I was about nine years old ... my parents put me in a camp for music, kind of just to experiment to see what my talents were," he said. "They put me all over the place in gymnastics, and music and whatnot. Music really just clicked for me."

Austin said he never really intended to try out for the legendary TV talent show.

"I was just kind of piddling around, playing with the guitar, and I decided to take a video," he explained. "I put it on my Instagram and my sister saw it on my Instagram and she's like, 'Hey, can you send me this video?' I said, 'Yeah,' and she sent it to one of her friends... and one of her friends sent it to American Idol, and they got in contact with me."

His parents say they're proud of his hard work. Austin taught himself how to pay guitar by watching videos.

"By all means, we were not the parents that were pushing for our son to enter the entertainment world," dad Sheldon Robinson said. "He's really done it on his own."

An American Idol fan for years, Austin said his experience has been rewarding, especially meeting stars Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

"Seeing the judges was amazing," he said. "I know a lot of people would kill to see some of those judges, and I got to see them and sing for them and talk to them, and it's really been an awesome experience." 

You can catch Austin's audition on American Idol this Sunday at 7 p.m. on ABC Texoma, Channel 10.3. You can warm up to the competition with a Wednesday night episode this week.

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