Local teens get golden ticket to Hollywood on 'American Idol'

Eben Franckewitz
Eben Franckewitz

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Milford teenager got the golden ticket to Hollywood during Thursday's auditions episode of American Idol.

Eben Franckewitz, 15, made the drive from Milford to Pittsburgh to participate in the auditions there in July. He found himself in front of Randy, Steven and Jennifer and sang Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine."

The judges, finding Franckewitz "adorable" and comparing him to Justin Bieber, voted unanimously to send him to Hollywood.

Eben Franckewitz has been seen on stage in plays throughout the Tri-State, including several performances as part of the Acting Up Young Performers' Community Theater of Mason and as Peter Cratchit in several Playhouse in the Park productions of A Christmas Carol.

In addition, a Walton teenager is also headed to Hollywood.

Courtney Flege, 16, also auditioned in Pittsburgh and was given three 'yes' votes for Hollywood.

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