American Idol sneak peek: Ga. contestant talks judges, inspiration

Sixteen-year-old Andrew Weaver demonstrates the talents that landed him on American Idol./ Tarver Peterson

BREMEN, Ga. -- Sixteen-year-old Andrew Weaver is a musician, but he is kicking off his TV premiere in American Idol this Sunday.

"I never dreamed that I'd be on American Idol," he said.

The Bremen, Georgia, teen said that he has only been singing for a few years, but music has always been a part of his life.

"My dad was always singing around the house when I was a kid growing up, and he actually taught me my first guitar chords," he said.

Weaver said that he has a long history with shows like American Idol.

"I remember staying up late and watching these shows with my mom as a six and seven-year-old and thinking, 'What if I did that one day?'" he said. "But then I'd just go to sleep, like it was just out of the question."

That's until a few months ago, when he and his mom decided to go for it.

Weaver said the audition process isn't quite what it seems.

"It's more than just walking in and going and seeing the judges," he said. "I went through three or four different rounds where you see different producers before you go and see the judges."

Speaking of the judges...

"They were so beautiful and they were all glowing!" Weaver said. "The lights on them made them look so...they looked like they were wax figures, like Madame Tussaud's! Yeah it was really, really cool. And here I am, like, sweating, red-faced."

But he made an impression.

"Lionel Richie, he was really nice. He had some great feedback to give me," Weaver said. "I can remember walking down the stairs and Katy Perry's first comment is, 'Well he's got the star look going for him.' And Luke Bryan, I think we connected from the get-go -- you know, two Georgia boys."

Weaver said that no matter what happens on the show, he knows what he wants to do with his future.

"Music is about moving people," he said, "and my career goal is I want to move people with my music."

American Idol premieres on ABC 16 this Sunday at 8 p.m. and again on Monday at 8 p.m.

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