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Chikezie Is Jesus' Homeboy

3/12/2008 1:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Long before "Idol" (and Terminal 4 at LAX), Chikezie actually spent 18 years training for the "Idol" stage at Fairview Heights Baptist Church in Inglewood ,Ca. -- which just happens to be Tyra Banks' childhood church.


Chikezie was in a church choir called Praise Team. In this video, shot in October of last year, it's clear that his years there have served him well. The pastor of the church, Carl Hargrove, tells TMZ that Chikezie sounds better in church than he does on "AI". Guess there's nothing quite like the acoustics in God's house.

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Mama    

I'm not especially religious, but this is one of my favorite church songs. Beautiful Chikezie!

2323 days ago
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raggedy    

he put on a great show

2302 days ago
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Thats One Ugly Skanky Hoe    

He is my main man!

2324 days ago
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ME    

he put on a great show on last nights episode

2324 days ago
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Trophy wife Slim and Trim!!!!    

Watch out! Tara is going to get her hooks in you! She is still FURIOUS that Dina "stole" Stedman from her!

2324 days ago
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Sue    

I remember when Amy Sedaris started cyberstalking Chikezie -- he finally had to call in the police.

2324 days ago
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Daytona    

Great job on that song last night.... I enjoyed listening and watching. Its about time the talent came through.... Go Inglewood!

2324 days ago
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WHY    

TMZ can you report on something else except "AI" PLEASE

2324 days ago
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Donna    

Does this guy have a last name? He's sweet and cute, but no last name. What's up with that?

2324 days ago
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Winky Vitalic    

Why Lenn, I see you think that if you drop the "K" from your name that no one will know it's you. And I find little comfort in knowing that you know a little too much info about Amy Sedaris. Do you do ANYTHING besides follow females on tmz? And I'm sure we'll all hear from Kelli on this subject momentarily since she follows Lenn K around like a dog in heat.

2324 days ago
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todd lissner anti adult anti wholesomeness activist-----(kadintodd2@aol.com)    

athiesm rules religion drools!!!

2324 days ago
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Winky Vitalic    

is dina lohan really with stedman - oprah's stedman?? am i the only one out of the loop here?

2324 days ago
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Liz    

#9, 11 - May God Bless you!


I hope he goes far.......................what a voice! The acoustics are always better in the Lord's house!

2324 days ago
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Winky Vitalic    

Lordy, the Dina and Stedman connection has been around for more than an year now I think. Just search through Perez or the international tabloids for LOTS of info on those 2. They make a cute couple. Now let's stay OT with Chikezi-he can be my homeboy anytime...

2324 days ago
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Kelli    

If you ever get a chance to visit a "gospel" church it is a hoot! Lots of fun and they know how to get into it.

2324 days ago
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