Evan Ruggiero, a senior Musical Theatre major at Montclair
State University was recently featured in the Season 12 opening episode of the
national television hit series, American
Idol. For his audition, Ruggiero sang for the judges while accompanying
himself on the guitar. Although his performance was well received and the
judges offered encouraging remarks and expressed admiration, he did not move
on to the next round of American
Idol in Hollywood.
A cancer survivor who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at the
age of 19 in his sophomore year at Montclair State, Ruggiero’s story and
appearance on American Idol has been
an inspiration to many and has even garnered national media attention including
a mention in the Today Show’s “The
Watch the video of Evan Ruggiero on American Idol.