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Football Player Turned Recording Artist Auditions for American Idol

Blake Proehl, a 25-year-old singer from Charlotte, North Carolina, showcased his vocal talents during the season 22 premiere audition episode of American Idol on Sunday, February 18, 2024. As the son of former NFL wide receiver Ricky Proehl, Blake grew up immersed in football. However, after suffering a severe knee injury, Blake turned to music as a creative outlet. His impressive audition earned him a golden ticket to Hollywood.


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With 71.1k Instagram followers and 595.6k TikTok followers, Blake frequently posts singing content and promotes his songs on social media. His new single “Chapters” released on February 2, 2024 and is now available on major streaming platforms.

Promising Football Career Cut Short by Injury

Blake followed in his father Ricky’s footsteps by playing college football at East Carolina University. After going undrafted in the 2021 NFL Draft, Blake signed with the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent. However, during training, he sustained a serious knee injury that sidelined him for the 2021 season.

Although Blake returned to try out for the 2022 season, his knee problems persisted, effectively ending his NFL career before it really began. Reflecting on this difficult period, Blake stated:

“Doctors said ‘It’ll be a success story if you’re able to run again.'”

Grandmother’s Encouragement Leads to Music

With his football dreams dashed, Blake turned to his grandmother for support and guidance. As Blake explained:

“My grandma is the reason why I’m here. She’s the reason why I have any confidence at all to be in this room.”

In 2021, Blake began posting covers on social media, including a video singing for his grandmother that went viral with over 4 million likes. Feeling more confident, Blake released his debut single “Falling For You” in March 2022, followed by “Where You Need To Be.” He started performing live at venues like New York’s Rockwood Music Hall.

Blake’s vulnerable covers of songs like “Wish You The Best” and “Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi have resonated with listeners, garnering hundreds of thousands of streams on Spotify alone.

American Idol Provides Next Big Opportunity

Now Blake is seizing the opportunity to showcase his talents to millions on the American Idol stage. When asked about his journey, Blake emphasized:

“I think I just found music super healing.”

With his impressive audition, Blake received a golden ticket to Hollywood and will look to make the most of this next chapter in his blossoming music career.

To follow Blake’s journey on American Idol, tune in to new episodes Sunday nights at 8PM ET/PT on ABC. The upcoming Episode 2 airs on February 25, 2024.

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