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William and Mary student advances on 'American Idol'

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...