As the final nine get set to strut their stuff on tonight's American Idol (8 pm/ET on Fox), we can't help but smile with satisfaction at the recollection of Anthony Fedorov following our advice last week. TVGuide.com suggested Fedorov might be "betterov" (sorry!) by losing the spectacles and donning contact lenses. The kid's got a cute face, after all. Sure enough, he stormed onstage last week to do "Something About the Way You Look Tonight," looking good sans the glasses.
Girls do make passes at guys who wear glasses, of course. The Ukraine-born Fedorov does have a girlfriend named Irina back home in Pennsylvania. But since we're doling out advice, we suggest Miss Irina keep an eye on her BF. Many a teenage heart has been melted by the "Miracle Boy's" tale of singing like a champ despite his childhood tracheotomy. Like the lightning bolt on Harry Potter's forehead, the scar sits like a badge of courage at the base of Fedorov's throat, undoubtedly earning him major sympathy points week after week.
"I don't want to use the story to get somewhere," Fedorov insists to TVGuide.com. "It's just something that happened to me that I hope will inspire a lot of people. Because all you have to do is believe in life and live it to its full potential. But I'm hoping that will not be the reason that I get far."
How did his voice get so good despite his medical troubles? "It just happened," Fedorov says. "I started singing when I was 6 years old, and I did not think I was going to do this professionally. But at the age of 14, I was told by good professionals that I could be something really special one day. I worked on it — and here I am, living this craziness."
The downside to his Idol adventure — besides landing in the bottom three two weeks ago — is that frequent "geeks of a feather" comparison to American Idol 2 runner-up Clay Aiken. "It is a compliment," Fedorov shrugs. "Clay's very successful. He's sold a lot of records. But I just really want to be myself."Want more
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