Who is Cole Hallman? New Jersey resident sings with sister on 'American Idol' Season 20

After watching Cole and Katie's bond and their performance, fans couldn't help but praise the siblings

Who is Cole Hallman? New Jersey resident sings with sister on 'American Idol' Season 20
Cole Hallman with his sister Katie and mother Nicole on 'American Idol' Season 20 (ABC)
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ABC's hit singing competition show, 'American Idol', is all set to return with its historic 20th season. After producing some very successful artists like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, etc, the iconic music talent show is once again ready to discover the next singing sensation of America.

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Music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie are back on the judges' panel, with Emmy-winning producer Ryan Seacrest donning the hat of the show's host, are all set to look out for the next superstar on the ABC show. This season the viewers will join the judges as they embark on a nationwide search for the next big singing sensation across Nashville, Tennessee, Austin, Texas, and Los Angeles, California. Cole Hallman is one of the contestants auditioning in Nashville, with hopes of securing a spot on the ABC show. While Cole's performance earned rave reviews from the judges, it was his little sister- Katie, who stole the show. Read on to know all about Cole and his sister Katie.

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You can watch Cole's performance on 'American Idol' here:



 

Who is Cole Hallman?

Cole Hallman is a 22-year-old from Manasquan, New Jersey. After graduating from college, he currently works as a surf shop associate. Unlike many of his fellow competitors, Cole hasn't had much exposure to the music scene. He explained in his introduction that he began playing guitar and singing songs towards the end of his high school years, that is for about five years now. This lack of experience made him feel extremely conscious and nervous about his audition.

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Cole was accompanied by his 'biggest fan'- his sister Katie, and their mother Nicole to the auditions. He explained that he was glad to have his sister there as she helps him stay calm. He then explained that Katie was born with a chromosomal deletion which caused developmental and behavioral issues. Singing together with Cole is her happy place. Katie too had nothing but nice things to say about her older brother. When asked what she thought of her brother's singing, she replied "awesome"! Katie isn't the only one who thinks her brother is a great singer, as his follower count on social media reveals that many other people too enjoy listening to his music. Cole currently has a cool 11.2 K followers on Instagram and an impressive 354.2K followers and 81 million likes on TikTok!

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Cole Hallman on 'American Idol' Season 20 (ABC)

 

Cole Hallman on 'American Idol' Seaosn 20

For his audition round performance, Cole performed Creedence Clearwater‘s 'Lodi'. The judges enjoyed his performance and complimented him for his 'raw and passionate' energy, they urged him to bring his mother and sister on the stage before they reveal their judgment. After learning that Cole and Katie often performed together, the judges requested the sibling-duo to perform for them. 

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This time around, Cole sang the verses to The Rolling Stones' 'You Can’t Always Get What You Want', while Katie handled the chorus. The judges immediately noticed a stark difference in his performance and pointed out how he was singing with 'freedom' and 'life'. They then advised him to always sing like he's singing with his sister and encouraged him to be more confident, before handing him the golden ticket to Hollywood!

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After watching Cole and Katie's bond and their performance, fans couldn't help but praise the siblings. A fan commented on the show's YouTube clip with, "His voice has so much character! Love when he sings with his sister and that she inspires him. Rooting for Cole to go far in Hollywood and make it on the show. Need to hear more from him." Another fan shared, "The way he looks at his sister, the way she looks at him and watching them sing together with so much complete love for each other was just beautiful. I have no idea how their Mother was able to stand there watching without bursting, bursting with such pride and bursting into tears.." "Besides his voice sounding so authentic and pretty the relationship with his sister is so loving and really a joy to see,' wrote a fan. "What an incredible voice and a person! Love the beautiful bond between him and his sister too! Their mom watching them sing with so much love and pride made me tear up. What a beautiful family!" echoed a fan.

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'American Idol' Season 20 premieres on February 27, 2022, at 8/7c, only on ABC.

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