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Sunnyside Teen Prepares for Road Trip to Audition for American Idol

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SUNNYSIDE, Wash-- Friends and family came out to a carwash for Sunnyside teen Joe Rodriguez. 

He's planning to audition for the hit show American Idol next Tuesday. The problem is auditions are in Salt Lake City, Utah. Rodriguez and a couple of friends are making the 700 mile drive. 

Today, they washed cars to raise money for the trip. Rodriguez has been singing since he was a kid.

"I like to sing R&B, slow jams like Boyz II Men, Blackstreet," said Rodriguez.

Joe hasn't decided which song he'll audition with yet, but has plenty of time to decide on the ten hour drive. This isn't the first time Joe has performed in public, he often entertains at parties. But, he did say he was a bit nervous to sing in front of the judges.

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