Biography A pilot who loves cooking, Eric Yoder's favorite pop artists are Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. Eric graduated in the spring of 2002 with a degree in aviation science. He most identifies his musical style with Clay Aiken -- and the judges agree. Eric was born in Sullivan, IL and has been living in St. Louis, MO for the past six years. His advice to other singing hopefuls: "Practice, patience, and you have to believe in yourself."