William and Mary student advances on 'American Idol'

Vangelis Dimopoulos, a senior at the College of William and Mary, appeared briefly on “American Idol” Wednesday night.

In a commercial leading up to Wednesday's season-opening show, Dimopoulos was shown waving his “golden ticket,” proof that he sang his way through to the Hollywood round of the vocal competition.

During the broadcast itself, Dimopoulos was only seen as part of a montage of happy contestants, a few seconds of his proverbial 15 minutes of fame.

While he didn't get much face time on the broadcast, he is featured in a video posted Wednesday on American Idol's YouTube channel.

In the interview recorded when Dimopoulos auditioned in New York City, the singer said he brings something new to the competition. "I think my voice is very different from other people's voices on the show. My voice is kind of smooth, pop-jazz," he said. "That's why I think I'm unique." He also cited Clay Aiken as one of his favorite "American Idol" contestants.

Suzanne Seurattan, director of news marketing for William and Mary, said that Dimopoulos is an applied mathematics and economics major from New Jersey.

According to his Facebook page, he graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in 2010. The public part of his page doesn’t list any musical connections but it does include a favorite quotation. “The only thing I know is that I don’t know anything,” he wrote, crediting Socrates.

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