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UPDATE: America selects Preston for top 13 in "American Idol"

Alex Preston, the 20-year-old college student from Mont Vernon, is living out his dream this week after being selected to the top 13 "American Idol"  contestants.

His experience on the reality television show will continue, as America voted to keep him in the competition as the live results were announced Thursday night.

In an online posting, Preston's father shared his excitement with the social media world.

"What a night last night. So excited for Alex Preston Philbrick and so grateful for the support everyone has given "what a ride," posted PJ Philbrick.

In a Twitter posting after the results were announced, Preston tweeted to his fans, "Thank you so much. Let's do this."

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