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Marysville singer passes first 'Idol' test
Alexandria Mazerolle, 21, spent the night before each of her previous five "American Idol" auditions in a sleeping bag on a San Francisco street.
Number six was the charm.
On Monday, auditions for the television show were closer to home, and Mazerolle was able to shine.
Panelists for the Northern California preliminary contest, held at Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, selected the Marysville singer as the sole performer this year to be flown to Chicago for another round of auditions on July 12.
"There won't be any waiting in line or sleeping on the street there," Mazerolle said gleefully.
The 2009 graduate of the Marysville Charter Academy For the Arts said she has enjoyed the accompaniment of a friends-and-family cheering section for each of her "Idol" auditions, and the Chicago affair will be no exception, she said.
"I got $700 (for the flight), but the trip will cost a fortune," Mazerolle said. "I've gotta take my entourage."
The start of Mazerolle's audition Monday was not especially promising. Her rendition of Etta James' soulful ballad, "At Last," got a cool response.
"They really didn't like it. You could just see it on their faces," she said. "They said, 'That's a really hard song. Could you sing something else?'"
So Mazerolle tried Adele's hit, "Rolling in the Deep." The performance made the first cut and allowed her to repeat the song on an amphitheater stage for another panel of judges.
Another cut brought the finalist list to four.
"I'm going down," a 1970s Rose Royce hit, was the petite pop singer's final ticket to Chicago.
Mazerolle's previous on-stage experience includes roles in musical theater shows starting when she was in elementary school. She was named Miss Teen Yuba-Sutter 2005-06, Miss Teen California 2006-07 and Miss Yuba-Sutter 2009-10.
She has been attending Yuba College and competing on the school's speech team for the past two years and has worked as a waitress at Casa Carlos, a Mexican restaurant in Marysville, for four years.
"Someone's going to have to cover my shift July 12," she said.
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