Terry Morrow: Hurray for 'American Idol's' Hollywood round? Local is about to find out

Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj will determine Oliver Springs resident Janelle Arthur's fate on "American Idol."

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Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj will determine Oliver Springs resident Janelle Arthur's fate on "American Idol."

Oliver Springs resident Janelle Arthur's next big hurdle on "American Idol" comes Wednesday night.

Having earned a "golden ticket" in the open auditions, Arthur, 22, is now on to the next phase: the Hollywood rounds, where she and dozens of other female contestants will sing together and in solo moments to stay in the game.

This marks the third time Arthur has competed in "Idol's" Hollywood round (which can be seen at 8 p.m. Wednesday, WTNZ, Channel 43). If Internet spoiler reports are accurate, she'll do well.

"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," Arthur told me recently.

Arthur was out of town last week and has not been available for more interviews recently. A spokesperson for "Idol" said Arthur would be available later in the competition for more interviews.

Also, Arthur was coy about her fate in Hollywood, which was recorded weeks ago.

The fresh-face blond with a thick East Tennessee accent hasn't exactly been idle between "Idol" auditions. During the summer she was part of a benefit tour that featured several contestants who didn't make the show's elite top 12.

Though she has worked as a fitness instructor, her primary job has been as a singer in the past year.

She thinks this season's lineup of judges work to her advantage. With Keith Urban, one of country's top hitmakers, on the panel, Arthur figures he knows talent for that genre better than, say, past judges Jennifer Lopez or Steven Tyler or even current ones such as Mariah Carey or Nicki Minaj.

"Idol" whittles down its female flock to 20 finalists tonight and Thursday.

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

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