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Local 'Idol' star to perform at Aberdeen Mall on Friday

Cameron Whitcomb made it to the Top 20 on 'American Idol'
Cameron Whitcomb
Cameron Whitcomb with his golden ticket to Hollywood.

A former Kamloops resident who made a run on season 20 of the hit reality television show American Idol is taking his talents to Aberdeen Mall.

Locals will get to see what impressed the judges as Cameron Whitcomb will hold a free live performance at the centre court of the mall on Friday, July 15, at 6 p.m.

The then-18-year-old got his golden ticket and advanced to the top 20 of this year’s competition. He fell short, however, of the final 14 when he was not among judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan’s choices joining the top 10 contestants who advanced via audience vote.

During his time on the show, Whitcomb became known for his trademark backflips. Upon being eliminated, Whitcomb expressed his thankfulness to the show for changing his life and vowed they “haven’t heard the last of me yet.”

Whitcomb, now 19, attended high school in Nanaimo and lived in Kamloops for a time working as a labourer on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project and at Barnes Harley-Davidson.

He has since moved back to Nanaimo.

He told Kamloops This Week in May he wants to get more gigs under his belt and has been taking acting classes and spending time in the recording studio making music, as he tries to break into the entertainment industry.