Metro Teen Gets the Golden Ticket to Hollywood on ‘Idol’

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GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. - Hey, David Cook - one of your local fans is following in your footsteps.

Luke Minx from Grain Valley, a graduate of Lee's Summit North, just got his golden ticket to Hollywood on Thursday night's American Idol.  His family says it's a trip that's been 19 years in the making.

Luke Minx used to skip birthday parties as a kid to perform on the stage.  Singing, dancing, and acting aren't just hobbies, they're his passion, and it runs in the family.

"We met each other in high school, in choir.  I think I fell in love with her voice first and then her," Matt Minx, Luke's dad, said about how he met Luke's mom, Leslie.

His whole family sings, but they admit he probably has the most talent to make it big.

"Best pop voice in the family," said his brother, Nick.

His family was thrilled when he announced he was going to St. Louis to try out for American Idol, but he played a little trick on them.

"He goes yeah, I'm sorry, I didn't even get to audition," Leslie Minx recalled.

Luke's mom was crushed thinking her son with such an enormous talent made the trip without getting to try out for his dream gig.

"He said I'll show you all my pictures, and he showed me the last one, and it was of him holding his pass to go back," Leslie laughed.

Luke got the golden ticket for Hollywood.  His family thinks Luke has what it takes to make it to the top.

"It was the best feeling that I've ever had," Luke remembered.

"Just basically it's been everything that I've been doing my entire life, with music, but now I'm getting all the exposure that I've always wanted," Luke said.

His family knows the limelight won't change him.

"He's so like down to earth, so humble, I think, plus he has his family to keep him down too," Luke's sister, Tara joked.

A family who will cheer him on from Grain Valley while he's chasing his dream on the Idol stage.

Right now, Luke's taking a leave of absence from college, Point Park University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, a performing arts school.  The school's allowing him to keep his scholarship as he goes through the American Idol process.

To find out more about Luke, check out his website:

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