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By Sierra Marquina

Last week on America Idol, contestant Alex Preston tackled One Direction’s “Story of My Life” and Niall Horan himself gave him a thumbs up.

Alex, was the least to say, blown away!

“It was cool they even know I exist,” Alex tells On Air with Ryan Seacrest. ”It meant a lot they would even offer advice to someone as small as me.”

Tune in tonight to see who makes another round of eliminations on American Idol on FOX at 8/7c.