He's was on American Idol on season 10, but it came down to him and Scotty McCreery. Scotty was kept on the show and ended up winning that season. John was able to see that as a blessing because his sweet mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and only lived a few months longer after he came home. He decided to try out one more time for the final season of American Idol and this is his audition (grab some tissues):
I am so unbelievably proud of this cowboy brother of mine. He seriously is one of the best people you will ever meet. He is kind, hilarious, genuine and so so talented. Having him live with my family for the last year and a half has been the absolute best. He brings a light into our home that warms you to your core. There is never a dull moment with him around. Or a quiet one for that matter. This guy is destined for amazing things and I'm so happy that he has been able to share his gift with the world. I know his incredible mama is smiling so big and is so proud of the amazing man he is today.
There ain't a person who's met him who doesn't love John Wayne Schulz.