Kyle Tanguay, the first male cheerleader for the Eagles in three decades, killed it — and it was just one episode.
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AMERICAN IDOL – KYLE TANGUAY “302 (Auditions)” – The “American Idol” bus continues its journey to Savannah, Georgia; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles, California, and Sunriver, Oregon, on a new episode of “American Idol,” SUNDAY, FEB. On the same subject : Belle Vex encourages us to be our own cheerleaders on “US”. 23 (8:00-10:00 EST), on ABC. (ABC/Eric Liebowitz)
Eagles cheerleader Kyle Tanguay made headlines not too long ago when he became the first male Eagles cheerleader in three decades. Now, the rookie cheerleader is making headlines again — and making us feel really good in the process.
In his audition in the new season of the singing competition TV show American Idol, the best part is when the whole (very excited, very Pom-Pom-waving, very attractive) Eagles cheer squad showed support for him. The squad cheered for him in the audition room in front of celebrity judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan. And, it turns out, he’s not only a team player with the support of his squad (literally), but he also has an amazing voice – his rendition of Mercy by Shawn Mendes is really worthy! (You can watch the video below.)
Tanguay, who is 21 years old and grew up in New Hampshire, moved to Philly in 2017 to study at the University of the Arts. He now lives in Washington Square West and cheers for the Birds. And the craziest part: this is the first time to sing in public! (Yeah, no pressure at all.) We caught up with him quickly to talk about his stellar vocal performance, how he got the nerve to audition, and his first year with the Eagles.
Philadelphia Magazine: Do you have a lot of singing experience?Kyle Tanguay: I have limited singing experience. I performed in several musicals in high school and I was part of the chorus in high school. My music teacher opened my eyes to a whole new realm of performance, but I always had my eyes set on dance. It wasn’t until my confidence grew and my interest in other performing arts expanded that I thought it would be cool to explore singing at a professional level. When I attended my first American Idol audition in Washington, D.C., I still had never had a private one-on-one singing lesson. Since then, I have been lucky enough to work with a voice coach to see how I can manage my voice to become one worthy of being the next American Idol!
That’s an exciting leap! How did your time as an Eagles cheerleader influence your decision to audition? I just finished my first year and it was an amazing season! Auditioning for this squad is one of the greatest things I’ve ever done. The Eagles organization and Eagles fans have encouraged me that it’s always okay to show who you are and be proud. Seeing so many people supporting me really helped my confidence and allowed me to take steps outside of my comfort zone.
Courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders
Courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders
You crushed that Shawn Mendes song. How do you decide what to do? I’ve never performed a solo pop song in my life, so it’s hard to decide. I found a song that I thought would compliment my voice while also allowing me to show some stage presence and emotion.
What was the most surreal part of the whole American Idol experience? I don’t even know where to start! Receiving the golden ticket was one of the greatest moments I have experienced in my life. It means a lot to me that Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie see my potential. I’ve looked up to these three music icons for quite some time now, and hearing people who inspire me say such positive things leaves me in awe. They are very supportive of my dreams, and I am glad to show that I am willing to work and grow as fast as possible.
AMERICAN IDOL – KYLE TANGUAY “302 (Auditions)” – The “American Idol” bus continues its journey to Savannah, Georgia; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles, California, and Sunriver, Oregon, on a new episode of “American Idol,” SUNDAY, FEB. 23 (8:00-10:00 EST), on ABC. (ABC/Eric Liebowitz)
What is your favorite part about being an Eagles Cheerleader? There are so many highlights but if I had to pick just one, it would be representing the organization in the community. As an Eagles ambassador, I have been able to contribute to making a positive impact on the lives of others through involvement in charity work. I am particularly passionate about raising awareness and funds for the Eagles Autism Foundation to help support autism research and treatment.
So we have to ask, have you watched Cheer on Netflix?!I haven’t had a chance to watch Cheer yet. However, from the few articles I’ve read about the show, I appreciate that it highlights the hard work, talent, and commitment involved in being a cheerleader. I’m really looking forward to watching the show.
Watch Kyle’s full American Idol audition here:
We’re rooting for you, Kyle! Err, cheers for you. Read also : Tuscola cheerleading preview: The Lady Mounties are ready after a rebuilding season.
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