Reagan High School 2020 graduate Dawson Rice, who filmed an audition for the current season of “American Idol,” said while his audition is not being televised, he has advanced in overall competition.

Rice, who graduated from Reagan in 2020 and is performing as Dawson Wayne, used his social media March 27 to brief friends, family and followers on his appearance in the popular variety show.

Rice was among more than 120,000 people nationwide who provided a Zoom audition for “American Idol,” and was one of 350 singers invited to audition before the show’s celebrity judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.

Rice said on March 26 that his audition was not airing but that he did receive a golden ticket, meaning he will appearing on the April 2 episode of “American Idol” as part of an initial round of competitive performances in Hollywood.

Several past “American Idol” finalists will serve as mentors to this season’s contestants appearing during the show’s Hollywood Week.

“Thank you all for your anxious support!! I’m so thrilled for you all to see what’s next! Thank you to Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry for making my biggest dream come true!” Rice said in his social media post.

Currently attending Brigham Young University, Rice was a drum major and a pit captain with the Reagan marching band. While at Reagan, he was also part of the campus Soundsations show choir and the school’s chamber choir, according to North East ISD.

In his time at Reagan, Rice was in staged performances of “Hello Dolly” and “Titanic,” NEISD officials said.

Rice was invited to attend the 2020 Las Casas Foundation Joci Awards for his performance in “Titanic,” winning a $4,000 scholarship in the Best Male Lead in a High School Musical Competition category.