Reynaldo in his audition for AI
|Born||December 18, 1962|
Reynaldo Lapuz is a Nevada-based Filipino who went all the way from Reno to Texas to audition for the American Idol season 7, a reality singing contest in US. He is tagged as the next William Hung.
Claim to Fame
In an interview, Reynaldo said that he's not aware that there's an age-limit in joining the American Idol. One of his friends prodded him to join AI not knowing that it only accepts aspiring talents who are not more than 28 years old. Lapuz was already 45 by the time of the audition.
Lapuz's controversial outfit in the contest was inspired by the movie "Gladiator" and "Flash" and was made by Reynaldo himself in just two weeks when he learned through the paper that contestants should "dress to impress".His feathered cowboy hat was inspired by Elton John's song "Skyline Pigeon". Various parts of his costumes were bought from the department store.
Although Reynaldo didn't make it to the finalists with his original composition "We're Brothers Forever", Simon Cowell liked his performance regarding it as very entertaining and hugged Reynaldo as a sign of appreciation. On the other hand, Reynaldo Lapuz thanked Simon for giving people a chance to showcase their talents for free, telling the former that he is a great person and even though many people throw negative words at Simon, there are still people who like and admire him, himself included.
New Internet Sensation
The performance of Reynaldo Lapuz in AI's audition made him an instant internet sensation that five of his famous video clips landed in YouTube's Top 10 most favorite for the week, with a total of 21,000 favorites as of posting time.
Many renditions were made to give tribute to the song. It has an acoustic, soulful, rap, cheerleader's version, muppet, latin, disco, acappella, hip-hop and more versions that will fit the audience's taste.
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- Dado, N. "Renaldo Lapuz (ReynaldoLapuz) in Fox Interview." American Idols Updates @ Blogged, 21 January 2008, http://blogged.the-protagonist.net/2008/01/21/renaldo-lapuz-reynaldolapuz-in-fox-interview/ (accessed on July 23, 2008).