HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Point Pleasant native Chase Likens has made it to the top 24 contestants on season 11 of American Idol.
Likens previously auditioned for season ten of American Idol, and made it to the top 120 contestants. He’s described himself as having an “Elvis” look, and a “Rascal Flatts” type of voice. He also stated he auditioned again to not only become a better performer, but to make it farther in the competition, which he has done.
Locally, Likens has been performing since he was five years old. He began at an elementary school talent show, and has continued to perform at numerous venues in several different states. He was the 2008 Jackson County Colgate Country Showdown winner, a two-time Ariel Jr. Idol, Jackson County Jr. Fair Idol, and a regular performer at the Ohio Valley Opry in McConnellsville, Ohio. He was also able to with Lady Antebellum at the Jackson County Fair in 2008.
Likens’ family and friends here in Mason County are reportedly very excited and no doubt very proud.
“I don’t know the word to describe it,” his mother Jodi said. “I am just extremely proud. He’s on top of the world. He’s living his dream.”
Jodi Likens also stated she is planning to travel to Hollywood in the coming week, and will not only be able to watch him perform live, but she will also be there for the next “results” show. She added that several family members and friends have also expressed a desire to go watch Chase in Hollywood. Jodi added that as long as he stays in the competition, there will be someone out there supporting him.
“Whether he makes it or not, he’s just so thankful to have been a part of this. It’s such an honor to have gotten as far as he has.”
Likens’ uncle, Kim Nibert, also shared his excitement with the Point Pleasant Register.
“Singing is his first love,” Nibert said. “We’re really proud of him and he’s really focused on what he’s doing. The county, even the state, should be very excited about it. We know he’s got the talent. He’s got the total package. He’s just a good kid.”
Both Likens’ mother and uncle commented on the fact that Chase’s future in the competition now depends on the public’s votes.
“There’s so much good competition,” Nibert said. “It all comes down to who people vote for.”
“If you like him and you like his music and you want to support him, please vote,” Jodi Likens said. “That’s what’s going to get him farther in the competition.”