Local Makes Final 24 on American Idol

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

February 22, 2006

Wednesday night, one of our area's very own sang for your votes as he battles to become the next American Idol. Chris Daughtry is one of the contestants you probably saw if you saw the show. He is originally from Fluvanna County, and all that know him are now extremely proud.

James and Sandra Daughtry live a pretty normal life in Fluvanna County. They have two adult sons and spend quiet nights at home alone. That was until their son was seen on millions of televisions screens as a contestant on American Idol.

"We've heard from some people that we haven't heard from in a long time, [who are] pit of state that had seen it," said Sandra, mother of American Idol Contestant, Chris Daughtry.

Their son is 27-year-old Idol contestant, Chris Daughtry. Wednesday night he sang for millions in hopes of becoming the next American Idol.

"He's up against twelve more guys, but we know he's going to do a good job," said James, Chris' father.

"It is very emotional. The first show I cried," laughed Sandra

Chris' parents weren?t the only ones to notice when he was younger. While a student at Fluvanna High School, David Small directed Chris in the musical 'The Wiz'.

"He was a powerhouse then, full of energy," said Smalls.

Chris has been described as a person full of energy and talent and made classes exciting. That's just of the many reason why Small feels Chris always had that 'IT' factor to make it big.

"You know you could see signs of that when he graduated. I remember when he gave me his guitar pick that he autographed and said, 'Mr. Smalls keep this for when I'm big, you'll have my autograph,'" said Smalls as he mimicked Chris.

As David performed tonight, his mother predicted what anyone could expert her to do: "a lot of yelling."

To see if Chris makes it one step closer each week, turn to WAHU FOX27. American Idol airs at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

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