With a second round of auditions for American Idol airing on Sunday, there were plenty of memorable performances, but perhaps none as special as that of Kyle Tanguay, an Eagles cheerleader. You read that right, a male Eagles cheerleader, in fact, the first male cheerleader in the organization in three decades!
Our area has been in the spotlight a few times since the airing of the new season of American Idol. The first round of auditions, the judges and viewers got the chance to meet Louis Knight, a singer from Lower Merion. Now, in the second round, Kyle Tanguay of the Eagles cheerleading team is getting some love. Originally from New Hampshire, Tanguay admitted in a camera interview before the audition that he has never had any formal voice training, and rather just enjoys it. He also gave the Eagles cheerleaders credit in helping him break out of his comfort zone and audition for American Idol, saying, “That team is my family. They’re definitely my sisters — my ride or dies.” In an awesome fashion, the whole cheerleading team joined Kyle in his audition in front of the judges, and gave him plenty of confidence to shine.
For his audition, Kyle sang “Mercy” by Shawn Mendes. Though the judges admitted he had some vocal work to do, his spirit and outstanding voice stood out in the end and got Kyle the unanimous “yes.” I know that the Eagles and the cheerleaders are cheering him on, as are us at home!