Rickover Naval Academy cadet Devin Velez will be among the 10 male semifinalists singing live tonight on "American Idol."
This is the first week in the current 12th season where viewer votes -- not just the judges' preferences -- start to count. In other words, if you want to see a local face in the finals, get out the vote.
At 18, Velez is one of the youngest contestants left on "Idol." In a Sun-Times story that ran earlier this week, Velez talked about how he started singing as a toddler. His grandparents have home videos showing him belting out the tunes in his playroom.
His godmother, Pearl Conley of Melrose Park, sent us this photo (below) of Devin as a young boy, microphone in hand. He'll take the mike again tonight, this time on live television, in front of millions of viewers. Whether he makes the cut will be revealed on tomorrow's results show starting at 7 p.m.