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Von Smith

Background information
Birth name Vaughn Lee Smith
Born June 15, 1986 (1986-06-15) (age 23)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Genres Pop, R&B
Occupations Singer, songwriter, Youtube personality
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2006 – present
Labels Kon Live Distribution
(2006-2008?)
Website http://www.vonleesmith.com/

Vaughn Lee "Von" Smith (born June 15, 1986) is an American singer and internet personality.

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Career

Smith gained some success via his YouTube videos. These garnered him national attention, which led to an appearance on The View on 27 February 2007.[1] Soon thereafter he was offered, and eventually signed, a recording contract with Kon Live Distribution.

American Idol

Smith auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol, with mixed reviews from the judges. However, they accepted him for the Hollywood Round.

During the Hollywood Round, Von's version of "If the Rain Must Fall" caused Simon Cowell to call it "indulgent nonsense." The other judges overlooked Simon's comment, and accepted Von into the Top 36.[2]

He was eliminated on March 4, 2009 after singing "You're All I Need to Get By", but was brought back to wild card performance on March 5, picking "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" as his next song, but was eliminated once again.

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Performances/Results

Week # Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Audition N/A "Over the Rainbow" Judy Garland N/A Advanced
Hollywood First Solo "If the Rain Must Fall" James Morrison N/A Advanced
Hollywood Group Performance [not aired] - N/A Advanced
Hollywood Second Solo "Sir Duke" Stevie Wonder N/A Advanced
Top 36/Group 3 Billboard Hot 100 "You're All I Need to Get By" Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell 1 Eliminated1
Wild Card N/A "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" Elton John 4 Eliminated


  • Note 1: Smith was initially eliminated, as he did not receive enough votes to advance immediately into the Finals. However, on the March 4 results show, Randy Jackson selected him as one of the 8 Wild Card contenders.

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