LOS ANGELES, CA (FOX19) - Milford High School student Eben Christian Franckewitz stepped in front of a national stage for the first round of live performances on American Idol.
The 15-year-old sang Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" during a round where contestants were asked to choose any song that they wanted.
When Eben finished, the judges praised him for being so calm and cool for how young he is. Randy Jackson said that his performance wasn't all perfect, but nailed the end. Jennifer Lopez was impressed that Eben really held on at the end told him that he was a great performer. Steven Tyler told him that he had a "really true, straight, beautiful voice," even when his melodies were pitchy. He then recommended that Eben listened to some blues records.
Afterwards, Eben talked to Ryan Seacrest and talked about his strategy, which is basically "taking it one step at a time."
"Hopefully America likes me and puts me through to the next round," he said.
The city of Milford is coming out in full force for Eben. Several viewing parties were held throughout the city to watch him sing on American Idol.
You can vote for Eben Christian Franckewitz by calling 1-866-IDOLS-10 (1-866-436-5710) or texting "VOTE" to 5710 or by going to AmericanIdol.com.
Eben's fate will be decided on Thursday at 8:00 pm on FOX19.