Why watch American Idol when you can catch some of the brightest young talent right here in Lehigh Valley.

"Northeast Idol" took over Northeast Middle School in Bethlehem Thursday evening.

The American Idol style singing competition pitted 25 of the school's top vocalists against each other.

They even had a little help from someone who knows what it's like to be on the big stage.

American Idol alum Tyler Grady was on hand with his band to help contestants craft their performances.

"It's been a really rewarding experience and it's been an inspiration. I honestly didn't expect this much talent coming into a middle school," said Tyler Grady.

As an added bonus, Tyler joined the contestants on stage with guitarist Jake Lare for a special performance.