John Wayne Schulz: An American Idol Cowboy

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He has the name, the look, the story and the sound. John Wayne Schulz is a real, American cowboy.

Or, following last night's audition in Austin, we should say: a real, American Idol cowboy.

The 23-year old - who released an album on an independent label when was was 14 - wowed judges and viewers with his rendition of "Believe." As part of a family that has goes back to 1857 in Texas, Schulz ropes cattle for a living and dedicated his performance to his mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago. Watch now.

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Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]