This blog is created for Dalton!

Dalton Louis Rapattoni (born on February 6, 1996) is an American singer from Dallas, Texas. He was a former member of the boy band IM5 and a member of the band Fly Away Hero. In 2015, he auditioned for the final season of American Idol. On April 6, 2016, he finished the show in third place.


Early life

Rapattoni was born in Memphis, Tennessee on February 6, 1996 to Kiva Jackson Rapattoni and Fran Rapattoni. When he was two the family moved to Sunnyvale, Texas where he was raised. After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 9, he was withdrawn from school after medications used to treat the condition caused seizures.

He began to learn to play guitar when he was eleven, because of his grandmother’s urging. When he was twelve, he started attending the School of Rock in Dallas and also at Frisco, Texas. Later he also worked as a teacher at the School of Rock at Dallas and Rockwall.[6][7] He formed a local band with friends called Fly Away Hero.

When he was 15, he went to Los Angeles to audition for a boyband IM5 and became part of the band. He lived temporarily in California during his time with IM5. In March of 2014, Dalton revealed that he had left IM5. He returned to his band Fly Away Hero and began to write and record an EP with the band, who at the time already had a few EP’s out prior to Dalton’s time with IM5.


American Idol

In 2015, Rapattoni auditioned for the final season of American Idol. On April 6, 2016, he finished the show in third place. Rapattoni was eliminated before he could sing Simon Fuller’s choice song “Say Something (A Great Big World song)” and his reprise of “Hopelessly Devoted to You“.


Week Theme Song(s) Original artist(s)
Auditions Contestant’s choice Phantom of the Opera Andrew Lloyd Webber
Hollywood Week, Part 1 Lines of Ten California Dreaming The Mamas and the Papas
Hollywood Week, Part 2 Group Round Treasure Bruno Mars
Hollywood Week, Part 3 First solo Hopelessly Devoted to You
Hollywood Week, Part 4 Second solo It’s Gonna Be Me N’SYNC
Top 24 Contestant’s choice Rebel Yell Billy Idol
Duet Round Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder song)
(duet with Chris Daughtry)
Stevie Wonder
Top 10 Contestant’s choice Hey There Delilah Plain White T’s
Top 8 Idol Grammy Hits Radioactive Imagine Dragons
Top 6 American Idol All Time Song Book I Want It That Way
(duet with Mackenzie Bourg)
Backstreet Boys
Eleanor Rigby The Beatles
Top 5 America’s Twitter Song Choice Numb Linkin Park
The Sound of Silence Simon & Garfunkel
Top 4 Classic Rock God Only Knows Beach Boys
Sia Bird Set Free Sia
Top 3 Hometown Dedication Calling You Blue October
Scott Borchetta‘s Choice Dancing In The Dark Bruce Springsteen
Judges’ Choice Everybody Wants To Rule The World Tears for Fears
Top 2 (Eliminated at Third Place) Winner’s single Strike A Match Dalton Rapattoni

Music career

As part of his early training at the School of Rock, he formed a local band with friends called Fly Away Hero. They released two EP’s and played various shows around Texas from 2010-2012.

Dalton was selected in 2011, as part of a nationwide talent search, to be a member of the boy band IM5, which was created by Perez Hilton, Jamie King, and Simon Fuller. He performed and recorded with the band through March 2014.

Upon his departure, he reformed his old band Fly Away Hero with new members and released a new EP “Lost and Found” on January 6, 2015. The EP charted to #22 on the iTunes alternative chart and #17 on the Billboard Heatseekers.

Dalton chose to audition for the final season American Idol in August 2015 and placed third.

The song “Strike A Match” was released after his performance on American Idol, and based on just over a day of sales, it reached No. 38 on Rock Digital Songs, No. 25 on Alternative Digital Songs, and Hot Rock Songs at No. 46, with 6,000 copies sold.

Soon after he was eliminated, he explained that he would already start working on an album with some help from Matt Noveskey, the Blue October bassist. He started recording tracks in Austin, Texas, for his coming album. At the same time, busy Rapattoni heads out on his tour, (School of Rock gives back) which covers some little parts of Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Arkansas, Ontario, etc…



with Fly Away Hero

  • Fly Away Hero (2010)
  • Now Boarding (2011)

with IM5

  • Don’t Run Away feat. on Tyler James Williams track (2012)

with Fly Away Hero

  • Lost and Found (2015)


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
“Stop” 2014 Non-album single
Strike A Match 2016 46 Non-album single

American Idol releases

Title Year Album
God Only Knows 2016 American Idol Top 5 Season 15
Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen song) American Idol Top 4 Season 15
Strike A Match Strike a Match (American Idol Top 3 Season 15) – Single