In the end, there were tears and nothing but praise for Jeremy Rosado, whose family and friends stood by the "American Idol” hopeful, a Valrico resident and 2009 Durant High grad.
At the Brandon Ale House on March 8, a modest-sized group of well-wishers clasped their hands and held their collective breath as “American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez announced on behalf of her peers that .
“I wish I was here, I wish I was just there to hold him,” said his mother, Wendy Ocasio, who added that she had a brief talk with her son earlier in the day.
“He said he will accept whatever God’s will is and he was at peace,” she said. "I totally believe great things are coming his way.”
Chris Bates, the general manager of the , said he has no doubt that Ocasio’s assessment will ring true.
The Brandon eatery over the past few weeks has become the unofficial watch-party site for Rosado’s well-wishers, including his Brandon work colleagues from Bay Area Infectious Disease Associates (BAIDA), at the corner of Oakfield and Lakewood drives.
“It was a pleasure having his family here, spending their time with us,” Bates said. “I felt like was part of his family and I was so nervous tonight, seeing the results come out. It’s amazing to see so much talent from this area."
Shannon Magrane, a 16-year-old Blake High School student and Carrollwood resident, is another finalist and made it through Thursday's eliminations.
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