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Centennial alum believed to be 'top 10' material by 'Idol' judges

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Hunter Metts

Centennial High School alum Hunter Metts, right, accompanied by his sister, Mattie, receives his golden ticket to Hollywood on ABC's "American Idol."

A Franklin Special School District and Centennial High School alum was deemed "top 10" material by "American Idol" judges during his audition, which aired Sunday night.

Hunter Metts received his golden ticket to Hollywood after his performance of "All the Pretty Girls" by KALEO before judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.

"There was one note you hit that, man, I got the real-deal chills," Bryan said following Metts' audition.

Metts attended Liberty Elementary School, Freedom Intermediate School and Freedom Middle School before graduating from Centennial, and his hometown cheered him on via social media after he wowed the judges.

"Way to go @hunterjmetts! We will be cheering (and voting) for you in Hollywood!" a tweet from FSSD's twitter account read.

Perry said she envisioned Metts making it into the top 10 of the competition, which Bryan seconded.

"We've got plans for you, son," Richie said.

This reaction from the judges is what Metts has been working towards for a while. It was his third attempt to audition for the show.

Metts' sister and fellow Centennial alum, Mattie, used to work for Disney, which presented a conflict of interest when he wanted to be on "American Idol," as the show's network, ABC, is owned by Disney. However, when he expressed interest in auditioning again for this season, his sister quit her job to give him the opportunity.

"You just have to know that I really believe in you," she said to her brother.

"American Idol" airs on ABC on Sundays at 7 p.m.

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