Terry Morrow: Oliver Springs 'Idol' contestant faces Hollywood again

Janelle Arthur

Janelle Arthur

Janelle Arthur is back to the Hollywood rounds on "American Idol" for a third time. She may or may not be seen when the rounds begin tonight.

Janelle Arthur is back to the Hollywood rounds on "American Idol" for a third time. She may or may not be seen when the rounds begin tonight.

After stalling on "American Idol" twice in the Hollywood rounds, Oliver Springs resident Janelle Arthur sized up her options before auditioning a third time.

"I could have gone to another (singing) competition show. I thought about it," she says, "but I really just love 'American Idol.' I believe in the show.

"I believe in the careers it produces. I just felt like I should go back there."

But with the possibility of being eliminated for a third time, Arthur put her heart out on the line one more time, perhaps one last time for "Idol."

"It's tough," she says. "After going through (the Hollywood rounds) three times, I believe they would have seen you enough and heard you enough by now if they really wanted you.

"I questioned this year whether I should (audition) this year. I almost didn't."

Arthur, 22, laughs when asked if she's being recognized by "Idol" fans now. Sure, around Oliver Springs, her family and friends are showing her "a lot of support." Outside that realm of well wishers?

"You know," she deadpans. "Nobody recognizes me. I don't have a lot of people walking up to me. I had one person at the airport who said, 'Hey, weren't you on "American Idol"?' But that's been about it."

Arthur knows now if going back a third time was worth it. The Hollywood rounds (beginning 8 p.m. today, WTNZ, Channel 43) is pre-recorded. She was coy about whether she'd be traveling to Los Angeles for the next phase of the competition after Hollywood: the live elimination shows.

"I know to prepare for long hours. I know to prepare for long days" in the Hollywood rounds, she says. "But this being my third time, it makes me put a lot of pressure on myself."

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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