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Texoma teen advances on 'American Idol'

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Austin Michael Robinson performs before the American Idol judges. (ABC) Austin Michael Robinson performs before the American Idol judges. (ABC)
Austin Michael Robinson demonstrates his roping technique with American Idol judge Katy Perry. (ABC) Austin Michael Robinson demonstrates his roping technique with American Idol judge Katy Perry. (ABC)

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho -- A Van Alstyne teen is on his way to Hollywood.

Wearing a white cowboy hat and blue jeans, Austin Michael Robinson successfully passed his audition on Sunday night's "American Idol" broadcast on ABC Texoma after singing "Your Man" by Josh Turner.

"Are you really country, or is it just a hat?" celebrity judge Katy Perry asked.

"I live on a ranch; we have 14 acres, we have five horses, two ponds," Austin responded.

Perry enjoyed Austin's performance, but she voted against his advancing to the next round.

"I think you're good for 15," she said. "But I'm just wondering if you need to get slow-cooked; you need to get smoked like a good whiskey?"

But celebrity judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie both gave a thumbs-up to the young singer. 

"He's like the gosh-darn Leonardo DiCaprio of country music!" Richie gushed. "You're going to Hollywood!"

Austin then got his "revenge" by climbing up on Bryan's shoulders and roping Katy Perry.

Watch "American Idol" on ABC Texoma Monday and Sunday.

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