NMSU student on American Idol

Las Cruces’ own Dzaki Sukarno is heading to Hollywood with hopes of “American Idol” stardom after breezing through the show’s first round last month.

The 20-year-old, a familiar face at the Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market, earned his golden ticket in the Feb. 28 episode by wowing judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan with his rendition of Kane Brown’s “Good as You.”

“I wanted to sing ‘Good as You’ by Kane Brown because I sing it all the time at my gigs and the farmers market and it’s something that I’m comfortable with and it can show my artistry, essentially,” he said.

Get to know the New Mexico State University student ahead of the Hollywood Week episodes of “American Idol,” which start 6 p.m. Sunday on ABC.

The 20-year-old is in his third year at New Mexico State University studying agricultural business. He comes from a farming background, having grown up around goats and sheep, and even works in the spring and summer surveying fields for agriculture.

While he dreams of being a country singer, Sukarno says the celebrity life isn’t for him.

“For sure, my goal is to be retired on some huge property in Texas, New Mexico or Wyoming, where there’s farmland, and raise a couple of kids and be a country singer, but not too mainstream. Just enough for people to know me,” he said.

Read the full story here: https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/entertainment/2021/03/19/american-idol-las-cruces-connection-dzaki-sukarno-hollywood-week/4614720001/

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