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From Long Island to ‘Idol’ stage

A 17-year-old, straight-A student and third baseman from Sanford H. Calhoun High School is singing his pipes out in hopes of becoming a front runner on “American Idol.”

A 17-year-old, straight-A student and third baseman from Sanford H. Calhoun High School is singing his pipes out in hopes of becoming a front runner on “American Idol.”

Merrick native Robbie Rosen wowed “Idol” judges when he belted out a heartfelt rendition of Beatles’ classic “Yesterday” during his audition. His performance led Jennifer Lopez to tell the talented teen, “I like the tone of your voice. I think you’re cute.”

Rosen is now in the top 24 contestants, 12 women and 12 men.

“There’s a lot of buzz around school,” Calhoun principal Dave Seinfeld told Metro. “He is such a great kid, very humble and smart. The entire student body and community are pulling for him.”

The school hosted an “Idol” viewing party in the school auditorium last night to track Rosen’s progress. Should he win, he’ll be the 10th American Idol, and the only one to hail from Long Island. He’ll also be the first Jewish winner.

“The auditorium holds about 800,” added Seinfeld, “I’m sure we’re going to fill all of the seats.”

 
 
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