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‘American Idol’ Contestant Alex Preston Has a Superfan in Cousin Jo Dee Messina

Have you been watching this season’s ‘American Idol’? My wife and I are hooked– mainly for the comments from Keith Urban and new judge Harry Connick, Jr.

Well, Alex Preston is one of 12 remaining singers and while he hasn’t shown country aspirations, he IS connected to Nashville.

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Preston is Jo Dee Messina‘s cousin — and she is a superfan through and through.

The 20-year-old ‘Idol’ hopeful, who actually lived with his cousin for a bit, definitely has a supporter in Messina, and she’s been proudly voicing her opinion since Preston went after the elusive golden ticket to Hollywood back in January.

When that happened, the country star went to Twitter with this excited message:

The songstress has also applauded him for his tenacious efforts, like when he bravely performed an original song in front of the judges.

While she cheers him on in the reality singing competition, Preston also cheers on the country singer. In an exclusive interview, Messina revealed to Taste of Country that her younger cousin was the one who recommended she use Kickstarter for her new album.

The campaign paid off, literally, exceeding its $100,000 goal. The anticipated album, ‘Me,’ streets March 18, with new single ‘A Woman’s Rant’ debuting on radio this week (Feb. 26).

After a rousing, soulful, and extremely impressive rendition of Jason Mraz’s ‘A Beautiful Mess’ on Wednesday night, he slid easily into the Top 12. Kristen O’ Connor was sent home on Thursday.

Watch Alex Preston Perform ‘A Beautiful Mess’ on ‘American Idol':

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