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Matt Lawrence: Awesome in Orlando

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On this week's Orlando audition-based episode of American Idol, viewers met Matt Lawrence.

The burly Florida singer had an impressive personal story to share: he left home at the age of 15 and was eventually arrested for robbery, spending four years in jail.

So, why is he trying out?

“I wanna do something that will put a smile on [my parents'] face ten times more than I made them cry,” he said, prior to wowing judges with an audition that Simon referred to as "brilliant."

Check it out below:

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