American Idol Contestant Still Can't Wait to be King

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Though he did not make it to Hollywood, American Idol contestant Matt Falber (also known as "Lion King Boy") is still pursuing his dream to become a singer.

For almost two whole minutes, American Idol contestant Matt Falber had millions of Americans’ undivided attention. "It was amazing seeing myself on TV," says Falber. Many performers were sent home because their voices weren't good enough, but Matt was different from most of the American Idol contestants.

"If you want to pursue performing, I'd say head for musical theatre," said Kenny Loggins, the Las Vegas show's guest judge. Matt chose to sing "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" from The Lion King, a song he though would give him a leg up on the competition. "I wanted to show some personality. I wanted to let people know I wasn't just another cookie cutter performer." Falber's plan backfired, though, when the panel of judges categorized him as Broadway-bound. "I think you're an entertainer," said pop icon Paula Abdul. "We enjoyed you. Thank you, man," added record producer Randy Jackson.

But Falber says he does not want to pursue musical theatre. “I actually am quite passionate about jazz.” Though Falber says he sings several styles of music, he has been focusing on starting a career singing jazz standards and a handful of his original songs in Vegas. “Up until now I’ve done a few things here and there.” But things are about to change, Falber feels. “I’m doing my first public gig ever this Saturday, June 18th at 10pm at a wine bar called Sunset and Vines. If the crowd is good then I'll be offered the job again.” Falber says that he has also been offered some private work which he thinks may lead to bigger things. “I’m not going to be as big as Kelly Clarkson after this, but these things take time. I’ve got a lot of support in my corner and an ambition that nobody can take away from me.”

When asked, Falber said that he is considering trying out for American Idol again. “Whether they meant it or not, they did suggest that I try again during the next auditions. Who knows what will happen, but it’s worth a shot.”

Matt Falber is originally from Casper, Wyoming. He is currently pursuing a BA at the University of Nevada Las Vegas while continuing to further his music career. For more information you can visit his website at or mail him at 6726 Paljay Ct, Las Vegas, NV 89103.

Sunset and Vines is located in Montelago Village on the shore of Lake Las Vegas. For more information you can visit their website at or call 702-382-7900.

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