Patchogue native Christian Guardino competing on ‘American Idol’ on March 6


Patchogue-Medford High School alum Christian Guardino was just 16 when he first shared his gift of singing with the world and reached the semifinals of Season 12 of “America’s Got Talent.”

He immediately wowed the panel of celebrity judges and earned the “Golden Buzzer” from Howie Mandel — a moment that went viral with 12.7 million television viewers and 3.4 million YouTube watchers.

Now 21, Guardino is looking to get his hands on an “American Idol” golden ticket.

“What’s great about ‘American Idol,’ is it’s all about singing, putting music out there, and putting your voice and sound out there,” he said. “I did an audition on Zoom to see whether or not I could audition for the judges, and they asked me if I deserve to be in front of those judges, and I think I do.

“I’d love the opportunity!” he added.

Next thing you know, Guardino was on a flight to Nashville, Tennessee, to audition in front “American Idol’s” star-studded judges table: Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry.

Guardino’s audition will be part the season preview of “American Idol’s” 20th season, airing on Sunday, March 6, at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Guardino has religiously tuned into “American Idol” over the past two decades, dreaming of one day having his shot to audition.

Although he can’t give too much away regarding his “American Idol” experience, Guardino said he has completely grown as a performer since his first television appearance five years ago.

“I think I as an artist and as an individual, I have stepped outside my comfort zone more than I ever have in my entire life,” the Patchogue singer said. “It was a sense of accomplishment.”

Guardino added that he is grateful to continue to have his Patchogue community and Long Islanders supporting him through this journey.

“There’s nothing like the support you get from Long Island,” Guardino said. “It makes me feel like I’m doing something right.”

Top: Christian Guardino posing in front of an American Idol sign on his audition day. Photo courtesy of the musicians Facebook page.