Little Rock's Charlie Askew impresses on 'American Idol'

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Charlie Askew impressed the judges on American Idol Thursday pic
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  • Charlie Askew impressed the judges on "American Idol" Thursday night.

Congratulations to 17-year-old Charlie Askew of Little Rock, who wowed the American Idol judges at the Baton Rouge auditions on last night's episode and thus will be going to Hollywood.

Askew — who's performed in productions by the Arkansas Repertory Theatre's Young Artist program — sang part of Queen's "Breakthru" and a touch of the jazz standard "Nature Boy." It's fair to say the judges were a bit surprised by his seriously impressive vocal chops.

In the background segment, Askew talks about how he's always felt awkward and had a hard time communicating with people. Music has been a vital conduit. Askew's mother said his doctor diagnosed him with "Charlie Askew Syndrome," because "he didn't really fit any diagnosis."

"When I was little I wasn't able to reach out and connect with people socially or verbally," the young singer said. "Through music, finally I found an outlet, some way I can express myself."

The whole segment is mega-adorable. Watch it after the jump, it'll brighten your day.

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