Delphi, Ind.—He's come a long way from singing at the Delphi, Indiana "Old Settlers Festival." The family of American Idol contestant Aaron Kelly remembers him as a little guy with a big voice. Fox59 News sat down with Kelly's relatives who live in northwest Indiana. They told us, the now famous crooner, was just a regular teenager.
"We saw him come out. We did not know who he was at first!" said Aaron's great aunt, Rosie Clawson.
"He is the nicest, sweetest little boy you would ever want to meet, he is polite, so polite as he is sweet and cute."
Kelly's aunts, uncles, and cousin showed Fox59 News never before seen home video of the Idol hopeful from humble beginnings.
"He's had a rough life, but we're so proud of him, so proud of him and he's doing what he enjoys... singing," said his cousin Crystal Bowman.
"Every time I hear him sing I get so emotional, it brings tears to my eyes, I cry, I mean he just sings to my heart."
Long before American Idol, an 11 year-old Kelly captivated Hoosiers on several stages. He also sang in Vegas and toured in Europe before he could drive. Also at age 11, he was a finalist on America's Most Talented Kid. Now, he's singing for a shot at the big-time, for a career as a recording artist.
He's flown under the radar on Idol, all the way to the top five spot. The gossip gurus are wasting no time. There's already speculation of Kelly singing a duet with Miley Cyrus. Cyrus has said she's got a crush on Kelly.
"We just love Aaron and he is our American Idol, even if doesn't go all the way which we hope he will, he will always be our American Idol," said Clawson.