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Sonoma County musician moves on in 'American Idol' competition

  • David Luning on 'American Idol.' (Courtesy photo)

LOS ANGELES — You can officially remove the “small-town” label from David Luning's resume.

Blog: Idol Chatter's take on Thursday night's show.

Yes, he is from Forestville — population 3,300 give or take on a good day — and still lives there.

Yes, he went to Summerfield Waldorf School & Farm — enrollment approximately 350, and that's preschool through high school.

And, yes, he promotes himself through social media. As of noon Thursday he had 2,038 Likes on his Facebook page. Today that number is likely to increase immensely.

Why?

On Thursday night's second show of Season XIII of “American Idol,” Luning performed an original song in front of judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. and he received their approval and a gold ticket to move on to the next round of the competition.

David Luning's video for his original song, "Whiskey Bottle"

Wednesday's season-opening show was watched by about 18 million viewers and expectations were that that number wouldn't drop much Thursday night.

“Afterward, Keith (Urban) told me he liked my song and he would buy my record,” Luning said. “That was pretty cool.

“The entire process was kind of a blur,” he admitted. “I mean auditioning in front of three superstars like that ... it was really, really cool.”

After getting the judges' approval, he did the obligatory walk off the set and into the jubilant arms of mom Kathy, dad Michael and aunt Paulette Luning.

And the show, which was taped last fall, happened to air on David's 27th birthday.

He has now passed three enormous hurdles in the Idol journey.

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