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Though Dierks Bentley is crisscrossing the nation on the Jãgermeister Country Tour, this die-hard fan of bluegrass and classic country also makes time to watch American Idol when he has downtime.
“One guy that I saw that really stuck out in my mind was Jacob Lusk,” Dierks confided to the Hanford Sentinel. “That kid has got the touch of God in him with that much talent and for being so young.”
Dierks was quick to give props to all the season's contestants. “All of them are amazing, really. A lot of them this season are only 16 or 15 years old. I have a lot of respect for them and what they do. It takes a lot courage.”
As much as he admires the contestants, don't think that Dierks would have viewed American Idol as a career path when he was a younger artist. “I admire Idol and the opportunities it gives these kids, but it’s something I, personally, would never do. I always wanted to do my own thing and sing my own original songs and get recognized for my own work. I was just always determined to get where I am today, and started by playing at bars and clubs in downtown Nashville for a tip jar for nearly 10 years.”