Lubbock singer auditions for ‘American Idol’

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Yet another Lubbock native has gotten to perform in front of the judges’ panel on “American Idol.”

Javonte Bibbs is a 19-year-old who just graduated from Frenship High School. He won the “FOX 34 Idol” competition locally, and he took his talents to Oklahoma City. That episode of “Idol” airs Thursday night, but it is not known whether Bibbs will be featured on the hour-long installment.

Bibbs and his family are not allowed to say whether he made it past the initial audition or how far he may have gotten.

His parents say he’s been singing most of his life at family weddings and other local events. He also won several competitions.

Sonya Bibbs, his mother, says this is just the next step.

“Just to be able to pursue your dreams and do what you want to do – we want to support him in that,” she said. “He’s still young – 19 years old. He has the world in front of him.”

His father, Johnnie Bibbs, says it’s a matter of his son having faith in his abilities.

“We know he can do it,” he said. “We know he can sing and he just has to have the confidence to believe he can do it, too. And he does.”

The Oklahoma City auditions for “American Idol” air at 7p.m. Thursday on FOX 34.

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