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It’s a common occurrence on these singing competition shows – a guy or gal steps on stage and the voice that comes out certainly doesn’t match the person we see in front of us.

It’s ratings magic.

But even we found ourselves shocked by the sound that came out of this Georgia cowboy on a preview of the next season of “American Idol.”

“That’s just so cool,” responded “American Idol” judge Harry Connick Jr., who returns to the singing reality show alongside Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.

And in fact, Urban was by far one of the most speechless judges on the panel during the audition in which the contestant did his best Johnny Cash impression on the song “Ghost Riders.”

“American Idol” will begin its final season this week, with a two-part premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 6 (8 to 10 p.m. ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan. 7 (8 to 10 p.m. ET/PT) on FOX.

Of course, we will be looking for the next country star in the group of hopeful contestants on the show. As any fan knows, “American Idol” has always been good for the genre, spawning the careers of artists such as Carrie Uncerwood, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and the very first “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson.

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