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‘Idol’ couple from NC say there are no hard feelings

Fear not if you’re worried about the marriage of the Raleigh natives who made a memorable appearance on “American Idol” this week.

Though Jordan Sasser advanced in the competition and his wife, Alex, did not, there are no hard feelings. Far from it.

“I really am excited for him,” Alex said in an interview today. “There is no competition between us. We are a team. We are here for each other.”

They also were there for each other when they tried out for the TV singing competition in June, but all of that didn’t make the televised cut. (Ah, the joys of reality TV!) Much of what viewers saw were Alex’s low points that day.

But the Sassers, both worship leaders in Atlanta, note that life is not always perfect – viewers need to see that there are lows as well as highs.

“I’m kind of glad that a real moment between a husband and wife was shown on TV,” Jordan said.

Expect to see more of Jordan as “Idol” airs its Hollywood rounds in the weeks ahead. Those were taped in December, and even though Alex and their infant daughter, Westlund Joy, did not accompany him, he FaceTimes with them back home.

Though Hollywood Week is known for cracking more than a few “Idol” hopefuls, Jordan credits his strong faith with giving him a sense of peace amid the drama.

“Alex and I both believe that God is in control and not ‘American Idol,’” he said.

Both Alex and Jordan were born and raised in Raleigh. She is the daughter of Patsy and Jerry Bowers and graduated from Enloe High School and East Carolina University. He is the son of Greg and Christine Sasser and graduated from Millbrook High and UNC Wilmington. They’ve performed at North Carolina Theatre together and are big fans of North Raleigh’s Jubala Coffee.

Though their careers took them to Atlanta, they feel so strongly about Raleigh that they listed the city as their residence on “Idol.”

“Our hometown is definitely Raleigh,” Alex said.

Of course, if Jordan advances to the finals in the competition, he’ll get a hometown trip that will be filmed for the show. So will it be Raleigh or Atlanta?

“If God allows me to be one of the finalists, I think Raleigh. ... But we have a wonderful community in Atlanta, too,” he said.

Stay tuned.

Thad Ogburn: 919-829-8987, @thadogburn

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