Four local contestants compete in Top 24 on American Idol

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- In just a few days, the top 24 contestants on American Idol take the stage for their last chance to impress the judges.

And 4 of those Top 24 are from right here in the Delaware Valley.

This weekend, they will sing with a celebrity partner.

"It feels so good to know that people believe in this for me as much as I do after everything I have been through, it's just kind of reassuring," said finalist, Dennis Lorenzo.

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West Philly man chasing lifelong dream on American Idol. Alicia Vitarelli reports during Action News at 5 p.m. on March 9, 2018.

Lorenzo is a 26-year-old father of two from West Philly who was once sleeping in tents, but now - he's singing for his big chance at being the next American Idol and he's one step closer.

"It's incredible, I can't describe this feeling," he said.

Michael J. Woodard, 20, from East Falls knows what he means.

"This is kind of it, this is it, I feel like I have to sit in my room and close my door and meditate of at least understand on the magnitude that this moment in my life is at," he said.

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East Falls native heading to Hollywood on American Idol: Alicia Vitarelli reports during Action News at 5pm on March 25, 2018.

Meanwhile, over in Galloway Township, Atlantic County, 16-year-old powerhouse singer Mara Justine is a sophomore at Absegami High School.

And like the others, she's just getting used to becoming a household name.

"It's weird because I go into Wawa and someone will come up to me and say 'Omg I saw you on American Idol' and I'm like hi!" she said. "They say I'm an inspiration!"

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Third local contestant wins golden ticket to Hollywood on American Idol: Alicia Vitarelli reports during Action News at 5am on March 13, 2018.

Philadelphia is no doubt a city of champions this year and 18-year-old Catie Turner from Langhorne, Bucks County is a senior at Neshaminy High School. She thinks we've also got this one on lock.

"We have so much local talent I keep saying this is Philly's year!" she said. "The Super Bowl I think that's literally put something in motion and now Philly is unstoppable."

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Bucks Co. teen hoping to become the next American Idol - Alicia Vitarelli reports during Action News at 4pm on March 9, 2018.

American Idol airs Sunday and Monday at 8pm on 6abc.


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