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Bengals DL Terrence Stephens once tried out for 'American Idol'

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

If you're one of HBO's 28.77 million subscribers who watched episode two of Hard Knocks on Tuesday -- or a non-subscriber who somehow managed to watch -- then you saw Bengals defensive lineman Terrence Stephens give a free concert to his teammates. Stephens belted out two songs during the hour-long show.

Believe it or not, Tuesday's episode of Hard Knocks wasn't the first time Stephens sang on a reality show. As a 16-year-old, Stephens actually tried out for American Idol. "I was 16 and it was something that I had always wanted to do," Stephens said, via the Bengals team website. "I didn't get as far as I wanted to, but it was an interesting experience to say the least."

During the Idol tryout, Stephens sang Ain't too Proud to Beg, by the Temptations and Over My Head (Cable Car), by the Fray. Stephens made it past the first round, but was eliminated in the next round, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, so Randy Jackson didn't get to call him 'dawg' and he didn't get to see Paula Abdul drink 16 cups of Diet Coke.

If the undrafted free agent from Stanford doesn't make the Bengals roster, maybe he can start a boy band with Marvin Jones. That's Jones and Stephens in the video at the top of the page.

Oh and if the local news counts, Stephens has actually sang on three reality shows.


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