Last night, with his performance of “Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx, Heejun Han passed the elimination round to be one of the ten contestants to participate in American Idol’s 2012 Summer Tour. Han is also the first Korean American to make it to the Top 10 in the history of American Idol—far surpassing his predecessors, Paul Kim and John Park.
Han, a Flushing-based nonprofit organizer for Milal Mission, adds spunk and comedy to the show with his witty and self-deprecating jokes. His constant quips definitely liven up the contest and can be seen through his interactions with host Ryan Seacrest, the judges, and his fellow contestants—especially his roommate Phillip Phillips, who also made it to the Top 10.
According to an interview after his first audition, Han said that he tried out for American Idol to show that anyone can dream big: “I was inspired to do this audition, because I work at a non-profit organization for kids with special needs. I wanted to prove to them that if you really, really want something and you really really believe in it, you can be someone.”
In another interview, Han also mentioned that he wanted to break stereotypes and prove that “Asians are not only good for getting high scores on their SATs.”
Will Heejun become the next American Idol? Watch his hopeful journey on American Idol on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8/7 central on FOX.
Here’s Heejun Han’s Top 10-qualifying performance Richard Marx’s “Right Here Waiting”:
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