Apparently, the East Coast is capable of producing an American Idol winner.
On Wednesday, Nick Fradiani became the second-last Idol winner ever, as the Guilford, Connecticut native was crowned the champion over Tennesee’s Clark Beckham in the show’s penultimate finale.
Fradiani, who formed a band in Milford called ‘Beach Avenue,’ has a busy schedule ahead as he is currently on a nationwide media tour before he starts to work on his first solo album and tour with the other Top 5 Idol contestants.
The rocker’s win certainly shocked some industry insiders as many believed Clark Beckham to be the favorite heading into Wednesday’s finale at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. After all, Fradiani was the oldest finalist in one of Idol’s youngest seasons ever. His band didn’t advance to the live shows on America’s Got Talent. And it was only until a few live shows into the Idol season that the rocker finally seemed to find his footing. When he did, the dark horse was well on his way to winning the singing derby as Fradiani really didn’t have an equal.
I caught up with Fradiani immediately after he was announced as the winner and asked him what the best part of the Idol journey was.
Murtz Jaffer is the world's foremost reality television expert and was the host of Reality Obsessed which aired on the TVTropolis and Global Reality Channels in Canada. He has professional writing experience at the Toronto Sun, National Post, TV Guide Canada, TOROMagazine.com and was a former producer at Entertainment Tonight Canada. He was also the editor at Weekendtrips.com.