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Young singer from Pearland shares his 'American Idol' audition experience

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PEARLAND, Texas (FOX 26) -

The stage is nothing new for Sanni M'Mairura. The "American Idol" contestant has spent the last six years singing and dancing with a church group called The Noise.

But offstage, he's just a typical sixteen-year-old boy. You can find him most weekday evenings tackling homework at a kitchen table in his parents' Pearland home.

That's where FOX 26 News found him less than 24 hours after his national television debut.

"When I saw myself, I was looking at the TV and thinking, 'Is that really TV? Is this really American Idol?' I was mindblown," said Sanni.

His mother had a similar reaction.

"That's my baby. Sixteen years old (and) on television?," she said. "Like I'm talking right now, I was completely speechless."

Besides entertaining, Sanni loves photography. He wasn't sure his "American Idol" audition would make the final cut for television. After all, thousands tried out in San Antonio and a couple dozen got those golden tickets.

But Sanni prepared. He set cameras up on tripods all around his parent's living room.

"I was just like, 'I'm gonna put all these cameras wherever and forget about them, put them on record and forget about them," he said.

Sanni's raw reaction will be uploaded to his YouTube account. In the meantime, it's back to the books for the singing sensation who is now signing autographs and posing for pictures at his high school.

"In my head, I thought, 'My son is going to be (a doctor)," said Sanni's father. "Something different, not singing at all."

So maybe this guy tackling homework is not your typical sixteen-year-old. After all, how many adults could appear calm and collected while performing in front of Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson?

And how many sixteen-year-olds would give up a chance to get a drivers license?

Well, maybe that's a no brainer if the choice came down to:

"American Idol," Sanni said, as he motioned with his hands. "Here's 'American Idol' and here's driving. So right now, I just need to go after what God's given me and go for it."

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