Dzaki Sukarno Earns Ticket To Hollywood with Kane Brown Cover on ‘American Idol’

Dzaki Sukarno, a 20-year-old farmer from Las Cruces New Mexico, earned a Golden Ticket to Hollywood on American Idol on…


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February 28, 2021


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Dzaki Sukarno; Photo by ABC/Christopher Willard

Dzaki Sukarno, a 20-year-old farmer from Las Cruces New Mexico, earned a Golden Ticket to Hollywood on American Idol on Sunday evening (Feb. 28) with a cover of one of Kane Brown’s biggest hits. 

Portions of Sukarano’s audition aired during the ‘Idol Across America’ segment, highlighting the virtual audition process that took place this season.  

Sukarno originally auditioned from home and ultimately made his way to California to perform in front of Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. 

He appeared in front of the Idol judges to sing Kane Brown’s “Good As You.” 

While his audition was cut short during the show, it’s clear he left a lasting impression with the judges as he’s seen holding a golden ticket during the clip. 

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Sukarno is popular on TikTok where he refers to himself as an “Asain Country Boy” and often covers artists such as Chris Stapleton, Conway Twitty and Parker McCollum. 

Sukarno’s audition begins around the 1:34 mark in the video above. 

American Idol returns on Sunday (March 7) at 8/7c. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.