Of all of this year’s male Idol contestants, no one would blame you if you automatically gave the “most unique” award to singer/songwriter Alex Preston. First auditioning in Salt Lake City, a visibly nervous Alex managed to pull through in performing an original song by the name of “Fairy Tales” before the judges, earning himself a golden ticket to Hollywood with ease. Later, he would continue to prove his worth through a quirky, jazz-influenced rendition of, intriguingly enough, “Scream & Shout” by will.i.am and Britney Spears , showing that he had what it took to take a popular song and flip it on its head in a way that it could be made his own. Unlike some past Idol contestants, however, he didn’t let his ability to do that make him all he ever was or would be, instead opting to reprise “Fairy Tales” during the final judgment and quickly make way into Rush Week. There, he gave American audiences his own take on “Volcano” by his own personal idol, Damien Rice, once covered by wildly popular Idol winner, Phillip Phillips, on the show. He subsequently ended up being one of the first contestants called for one of the coveted Top 13 spots, as voted in by the American public.
Prior to jumping on the American Idol train, Alex professed his love for music across multiple outlets, including but certainly not limited to both YouTube and an appearance on Balcony TV, hosted by Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Peter Keys in Nashville. On Balcony TV, he performed a full rendition of “Fairy Tales”, whereas on his own YouTube channel, he has performed a series of covers and originals including Ed Sheeran’s “Give Me Love”, One Direction’s “Little Things”, and even the infamous “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus. Two of his originals, “The Light Was Already Here” and “My Best Friend”, are also both available on iTunes for 99 cents each. Just give “Alex Preston” a quick iTunes search and see what you find!
Another intriguing tidbit? Alex is currently dating fellow American Idol Top 30 finalist Jillian Jensen, as is evident by the star’s own Twitter feed. Some fans in the community have dubbed them “Jillex”, as is appropriated by general “shipping” rules by TV fanatics who frequent sites like Twitter and Tumblr. He’s also related to country musician Jo Dee Messina, as is evident by her own Facebook page. Perhaps talent runs in the family?
Are you a fan of Alex’s? How far do you think he will make it on Idol with how unique he is? Can he take it all? Do YOU ship Jillex!? Sound off in the comments section below!