AFTERBUZZ TV – AfterBuzz TV’s Spotlight On edition, is a long form interview series featuring actors discussing their roles and shows as well as their thoughts, passions and journeys. In this episode host Morgan Willett interviews Dalton Rapattoni.
ABOUT DALTON RAPATTONI:
Dalton Louis Rapattoni (born February 6, 1996) is an American singer from Dallas, Texas. In 2015, he auditioned for the fifteenth season of American Idol. On April 6, 2016, he finished the show in third place, behind La’Porsha Renae and Trent Harmon.
Rapattoni was born in Memphis, Tennessee on February 6, 1996, to Kiva Jackson Rapattoni and Fran Rapattoni. When he was two years old, the family moved to Sunnyvale, Texas, where he was raised. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 9. After medications used to treat his condition caused seizures, he was withdrawn from school because of resulting absences.
He began to learn to play guitar at the age of 11, after his grandmother bought him lessons. When he was 12, he started attending the School of Rock in Dallas and also in Frisco, Texax. As a result of the School of Rock program, he formed a local band with friends that was called Fly Away Hero.
At age 14, he participated in a nationwide talent search for boy band members by completing an audition video in a local Dallas mall. He was selected as one of the five original members of the boy band IM5 and moved to Los Angeles as a result. After completing training, IM5 debuted in 2011. In March 2014, Dalton revealed that he had left IM5.
Since 2015, he has worked as a teacher at the School of Rock in Dallas and Rockwall.