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NMSU student moving forward on ‘American Idol’

Las Crucen Dzaki Sukarno auditioned for “American Idol” and earned a golden ticket to the next round. (Christopher Willard/ABC)

On Sunday, Dzaki Sukarno had his time on “American Idol” – made an impression – and earned a golden ticket to Hollywood.

“My name is Dzaki Sukarno. I’m 20 years old, and I live in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I work in the green chile industry,” Sukarno told the judges.

The 20-year-old Las Cruces resident auditioned as part of the “Idol Across America” segment, singing Kane Brown’s “Good as You.”

“Idol Across America” is a remote audition that happened across all 50 states last year, giving hopefuls a chance to showcase their talent to an “American Idol” producer.

Judge Katy Perry called the segment “the melting pot of America.”

According to New Mexico State University, Sukarno is majoring in agricultural business and is a member of the Air Force ROTC.

Sukarno was introduced to music by his dad.

“Growing up, I watched my dad play in a garage band; he’s from Indonesia, and there’s a really big Indonesian community out in California, a lot of musicians actually, so he really got me into that,” Sukarno told The Round Up.

Before the pandemic, Sukarno could be found performing regularly at the farmers market in Las Cruces.

Dzaki Sukarno, 20, of Las Cruces, auditioned for “American Idol,” where he earned a golden ticket to the next round. Sukarno is a student at New Mexico State University. (Christopher Willard/ABC)

He said performing the shows helped give him the confidence to audition for “American Idol.”

Like many other musicians, Sukarno hopes that his music can inspire or comfort others on his personal TikTok account, as well as on Spotify.

Sukarno will move on to the next round of the competition airing on ABC in the next few weeks.

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