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Source: ABC

'American Idol' Fans Are Already Rooting for Nate Walker

By Anna Quintana

We don't know about you, but the auditions are our favorite part of American Idol. Season 17 of the reality singing competition is just around the corner, and it looks like one contestant has already impressed the returning judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan. 

During the premiere, viewers will be introduced to Nate Walker, a Pittsburgh native, who already has an American Idol connection. He is friends with last year's finalist, Gabby Barrett.

"I really got inspired to do American Idol after I saw somebody else from my own church do it," Nate says on the show. "Now, I've got to make her proud and make my grandad proud."