Raleigh couple has big dreams on final season of 'Idol'

Posted January 5, 2016 10:00 p.m. EST
Updated January 5, 2016 10:32 p.m. EST

— North Carolina is the top state when it comes to churning out “American Idols.”

Three winners and six others who have made the Top 10 were from the Tar Heel State, and now two contestants who are Raleigh natives have become the latest hopefuls to make the cut on the show’s final season.

Jordan and Alex Sasser, a married couple with musical talent to spare, brought their new baby, Westlund Joy, with them when auditioning for Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.

The Sassers’ daughter served as the opening act, and once the judges were smitten, it was Alex’s turn to charm with her ukulele.

Soon after, Jordan brought down the house.

“It was so fun to be able to do it together and walk in there as a team and do our thing,” Alex Sasser said.

Jordan Sasser graduated from Millbrook High School, and Alex attended Enloe High School.

A musical at North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh brought the pair together, and they now serve as worship leaders and live in the Atlanta area.

“We hope to make Raleigh proud. We were born and raised here, so we both put down Raleigh, N.C., as our hometown,” Jordan Sasser said. “That’s the people we want to represent.”

The Sassers said there won’t be any added pressure because of the fact that they’ll compete against each other in Hollywood.

“Ultimately, we’re a team, and his victories are mine and vice versa, and we’re here for each other and having a blast,” Alex Sasser said.

Connick described Jordan Sasser’s sound as “distinctive.”

“I almost peed my pants. I was like, ‘Did you just say that?’” Jordan Sasser said. “Hopefully that’s a good thing, I don’t know. I’m just going to keep being myself and see what happens.”

The Sassers said they have been dreaming of appearing on “American Idol” since the first season.

“I really believe when you have a dream in your heart, it starts in God’s heart. He put this in me, and I’ve always wanted to do this,” Jordan Sasser said. “And our hope is that as we enjoy this process, and as we’re grateful for any opportunity that comes our way, our hope is that the name of Jesus will be lifted up.”