Exton Teen Snags Golden Ticket to American Idol


Sixteen-year-old Dylan Zangwill, from Exton, has earned a golden ticket that will take him to Hollywood for the next round of American Idol, writes Alicia Vitarelli for 6ABC

Zangwill walked away from the New Orleans audition with a ticket for the popular show’s Hollywood Week. 

“Honestly, it’s pretty crazy,” he said. 

During the audition, the teen performed a song he wrote himself for the judges, called “Bittersweet Melody.” Winning a golden ticket felt like a “pinch me” kind of moment for the young singer and songwriter. 

“Katy couldn’t believe that I wasn’t famous already,” he said. “It’s pretty crazy coming from Katy Perry.” 

And Perry was not the only judge who loved his performance. 

“They all stood up at the end of my audition,” he said. “Luke Bryan called me a total ‘freakazoid,’ and Lionel Richie wished he was doing what I am doing at my age. It was all just a really great moment.” 

For Zangwill, performing is a family affair. 

“My dad is the dad-ager and mom’s the hairstylist,” he said. “It works out pretty well.” 

The family owns Exton’s Stolen Sun Craft Brewing and Roasting Company. 

“That’s really where I got my start,” said Zangwill. 

Read more about Dylan Zangwill at 6ABC

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