In the crazy world that is American Idol comes this bit of information that most of us probably didn’t catch last night when we saw cutie Justin Williams audition:He also auditioned in Season 8. And went to Hollywood. In fact, if you remember the group auditions, he was part of the group that called themselves White Chocolate, which included India Morrison, Top 10 contestant Matt Giraud and the eventual Season 8 Idol winner, Kris Allen:At the time, Williams was identified as a voice teacher living in Mesa, AZ and I don’t recall any mention of his having cancer.Which can only mean one thing: this season Idol recognized a good sob story and they’re going to exploit it, hoping for girls-love-a-sob-story-Danny-Gokey-Christian-background repeat. (Williams is a Mormon; another squeaky clean contestant who will drive the girls crazy.)The White Chocolate group was strong, and it’s likely that Williams was just overshadowed in Season 8 by Giraud and Allen (although India should have gone through, too. Just my opinion).Or maybe it was something more.?Idol blogger Kristy Timothy, a stay-at-home mom with five kids and an addiction to all things Idol, covered Williams in 2008 on her blog, Kristy’s American Idol Scrapbook. She then received emails from folks identifing themselves as Williams’ family members who accused her post and photos of getting Williams kicked off the show. I don’t know how Idol works – do they stack the deck? do they pick and choose contestants based on who they think will draw viewers? – but have no fear, Williams family. Justin will get more than his share of attention in Season 9, with that adorable face, great voice, and tearjerker background. Idol knows what draws viewers, and he’ll be around as long as they can milk his story.RELATED POSTS:American Idol Season 9 Boston Auditions – Blogging live! American Idol Season 9 Boston audition standouts – Leah Laurenti, Tyler Grady, Ashley Rodrieguez, Katie Stevens, Justin Williams & moreGot a gospel or Christian music news tip? Send me an email!Click here to subscribe to Gospel Soundcheck by email and have the Gospel Soundcheck headlines delivered daily to your email inbox. And don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!

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