Jersey Shore Surfer, Songwriter Passes Emotional Audition for American Idol


MANASQUAN, N.J. (WPVI) — The 20th season of American Idol premieres this Sunday on 6abc.

Jersey Shore singer/songwriter’s audition clip is bringing people to tears.

Cole Hallman, 22, from Manasquan, only started playing guitar and singing a few years ago.

American Idol released his heartbreaking audition for the judges, where he is joined by his younger sister Katie, who has special needs.

“I think it’s the best takeout,” Hallman said. “It’s something she will never forget, and I will never forget either.”

Cole calls himself a latecomer. He says he felt a bit unprepared for this audition and a bit out of place.

None of this is stopping him from going to Hollywood.

Here’s how he describes his style.

“I’m a singer/songwriter, and my vibe changes sometimes,” Hallman said. “Sometimes it’s a full band thing. Sometimes it’s an acoustic thing. It’s mostly musicians inspired by singers and songwriters that I look up to.”

Once a bar-back to the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park, Hallman recently got the chance to perform there, like one of his inspirations, Bruce Springsteen.

Catch Cole and other homegrown hopefuls this Sunday at 8 p.m. for the Season 20 premiere of American Idol.

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