Montco teen snags coveted golden ticket on American Idol

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Texoma Idol victor Kourtney Smith made it to Hollywood and performed on American Idol Monday night where she made it through group rounds. There are seven local stars on the rise moving on to this next round of the competition, including a few that viewers at home did not get a chance to meet during the audition round.

When Caitlin Lucia stood before Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie on Sunday's American Idol, the 22-year-old aspiring singer told the Perry that she was one of her biggest musical influences, and that she had even been playing gigs at Hotel Café for three years, the same place the "Swish Swish" singer got her start. It helped her win the coveted ticket to Hollywood, read a statement. "She doesn't care what anyone thinks and I admire her for that", fellow contestant Zach D'Onofrio said. Strumming away at her guitar, the young Idol hopeful delivered a attractive, bluesy rendition of the famous single that really blew the judges away. "I couldn't believe they were saying these things about me", she said.

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"That's all I want to hear", Perry replied, but we're pretty sure she'd like to hear more of that voice too. They are all now one step closer to becoming the next American Idol!

Despite CBS' decided lead-in advantage at 8:00 p.m. from the highly rated "60 Minutes", ABC's "American Idol" overcame CBS' dramas ("Instinct"/"NCIS: LA"), NBC's unscripted series ("Little Big Shots"/"Genius Junior") and Fox's encore OJ Simpson documentary to rank No. 1 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. across broadcast in all key Women demos (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54) and among Teens 12-17.

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