Former Local Idol Contestant Discusses His Experience

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BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- Luke Minx appeared on American Idol just a few weeks ago. He made it to group week in Hollywood, but ultimately, he was let go.

"Once you make it to group night, you're up all night, and that can do a lot to your performance," Luke said.

Luke says while he was in Hollywood, he got to know Joe Dahman, a Missouri Western football player and Idol contestant.

"It was nice to have someone from home that I could talk to," Luke said.

Plus Luke said the celebrities on set provided some support.

"They're nice people, and the further you got along in the process, the more you kind of got to talk to them off set and get to know them a little more," he said.

If you're wondering, he says they look just as beautiful in person as they do on television.

Luke credits the show with giving him exposure.

"After the experience, I can't be bitter at all for the T.V. show allowing me to be on public television," Luke said.

He credits his upbringing, however, for guiding him through the obstacles of becoming a star.

"Not to be biased, but where I've grown up, I love the people here in the Midwest. I love Kansas City," he said.

To find out more about Luke, go to You can also find out more about a benefit concert he's putting on for a friend with cancer at

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