Jake Dillon Tankersley's "Idol" run falls short, but big plans still ahead

By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief

Photo: FOX

Sand Springs's own Jacob "Jake Dillon" Tankersley got a nice boost to his following after performing "Danny's Song" in the American Idol Little Rock auditions, and earned a golden ticket to Hollywood. Dillon impressed judges Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez, but Henry Connick, Jr. was less enthused. "It was good. I like your voice, I like the vibe... we're looking for spectacular."

Unfortunately when it came to the "line of ten" competition, Dillon was unable to make it through to the next round and was sent home.

It was disappointing to go home, but the overall experience seems to have brought new life to the Jake Dillon Band. 

Since the Idol hype began, Dillon has given live performances on Mix 96.5 FM and 95.5 KVOO, received coverage from nationally read blogs and news sources, performed a song on Good Morning Tulsa, and the band has even more in the works.

"Jake Dillon Band" T-shirts are for sale on the band's Facebook page, which is now closing in on 4,000 "likes."

In a statement released Wednesday night, Dillon stated;

"Good news! This is not the end it's just another step closer. The band and I are currently working on an album and already have a few gigs booked this year so stay tuned for the album release. This was such a great experience and connected me to all of you guys. The future is bright and there's not enough time in life to keep ya head down. Love y'all --Jake"

Dillon also endorsed neighbor and friend Chris Johnson who is also on Idol this season, and asked that fellow Oklahomans vote for the singer if he makes it that far in the competition.

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