A SouthCoast resident is set to begin the road to stardom tonight on the season premiere of American Idol.

Teddy Mathews recently stopped by our studios to catch up with WBSM's Phil Paleologos. The 2015 graduate of Wareham High School has long been known to SouthCoast music fans as one of the region's biggest musical acts, but in just a few weeks, he'll be taking his talents to the national stage.

Mathews is a contest on the upcoming season of American Idol, as it makes the move from the FOX Network to ABC. Beginning tonight, Mathews will put his powerful voice on display for judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry.

Of course, Teddy couldn't tell us too much about the portions of Idol that have already been filmed, but he does give some insight into the process of being involved with the legendary program that has "made" numerous musical stars in the past, such as Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, Clay Aiken and Jennifer Hudson.

Teddy also talks about his days as "the little kid with the big voice" growing up in Wareham, and where he sees his talent taking him in the future.

The new season of American Idol premieres tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC. Check out Teddy's music on Facebook, and watch this clip of him performing:

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