University Student Selected to Advance to Hollywood After ‘American Idol’ Auditions

Published: January 29, 2014

University Student Selected to Advance to Hollywood After ‘American Idol’ Auditions

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Justin Fira, a Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi student, is pursuing his dream to become a professional musician as he advances to the Hollywood auditions for the 13th season of “American Idol” after participating in preliminary auditions for the second time.

Fira, a senior Kinesiology major specializing in Sport Management, developed a passion for making music when he began writing songs and playing guitar at age 13. It was at that age that he started his first band, a punk group called Phase II. Since then, he has been motivated to make his music career his life.

He was inspired to audition for the show by a newfound friend made while working part-time as a valet at Christus Spohn Hospital. A woman who worked in the hospital heard him playing his guitar and singing, and encouraged him to audition.  After her help researching the closest opportunity, Fira attended his first “American Idol” audition in 2010 in San Antonio where he was cut after the second round.

“I came back this year with more confidence,” said Fira. “I wanted to give it another shot and found myself progressing to a position I never really thought I would receive.”

You can follow Fira’s ‘Idol Experience” Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 7-8 p.m. on FOX. You can also follow him online at, Facebook by searching Justin Fira, Twitter by searching @justinfiramusic, or Instagram by searching JUSTINFIRA.