March 04, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST

”American Idol”: Why we love Mario Vazquez

His played-out tilted-hat look notwithstanding (dude, show us those curly locks!), this 27-year-old Bronx native has a patented up-from-the-hood success story, flashes a killer smile, calls himself a mama’s boy, and can actually belt a tune. Justin Guarini comparisons abound, and we see it…but c’mon, Mario is nowhere near as irritating. ODDS 2?1

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