Tanner Stransky
April 13, 2009 AT 07:47 PM EDT

American Idol finalist.

I have no idea. But I’ll tell you what’s really interesting: He chose a song that others wouldn’t. He’s a guy who, for whatever reasons in his personal life, is somebody who obviously is listening to stuff that isn’t necessarily on pop radio. He’s aware of stuff that’s sort of in the more artsy, kind of obscure world. If he pulled a song out of the obscure world and got a word-less standing ovation from Simon and that triggered Entertainment Weekly and the AP to call the guy who they didn’t even mention on the show, then there’s certainly something going on.

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