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Adam Ezegelian, 'American Idol' finalist: What's next for the Long Islander?

Wantagh's Adam Ezegelian belts out the Jackson 5

Wantagh's Adam Ezegelian belts out the Jackson 5 classic "I Want You Back" in the “Top 8 Guys Perform” episode of "American Idol XIV," which aired Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Photo Credit: FOX/ Jeff Kowalsky

Adam Ezegelian will have to wait until Wednesday to learn whether he becomes an “American Idol” Top 12 finalist, but the judges seem to be on the Wantagh 21-year-old’s side.

Judge Harry Connick Jr. said Ezegelian could be a force in the competition, following a strong, slowed-down performance of The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” “You have many, many positive qualities, but the most dangerous part about you is that voice,” Connick told him. “Those strong, big high notes, that’s very, very hard. As you’ve done thus far, you nailed every note.”

Ezegelian said Thursday that Connick’s comment left him speechless. “That was such a huge compliment, especially considering who it came from,” he said before leaving Detroit for Los Angeles, where the show will be based for the rest of the season. “It was crazy.”

The toy design major at the Fashion Institute of Technology said he has plenty to focus on aside from the question of whether he will advance to the Top 12 next week. He will prepare two or three songs to work on with the “Idol” band before deciding on one that he will perform if he advances to the next round.

Unlike previous weeks on the show, the Top 12 week is more secretive. It’s not clear whether the finalists will be evenly split between male and female singers or whether or not there will be a judges’ wild card this season. “I don’t know what’s going on at all,” Ezegelian said, “so it’s easier not to think about it.”

What he does know is that he is happy about the support he is receiving from Long Island, especially Wantagh. He even posed in front of a “Welcome to Wantagh” sign as part of his taped introduction piece on the show. “It’s apparent the people of Wantagh are a very proud people,” he said. “I’m one of them.”

Ezegelian said he has enjoyed his time in Detroit, but is looking forward to returning to California.

“As I talked about when I auditioned, I love wearing flip-flops,” he said. “I can’t get much mileage on them here in Detroit.”

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