Local talent shines on 'American Idol'

Judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr., from left, answer questions from the press on the set of “American Idol” recently.

Judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr., from left, answer questions from the press on the set of “American Idol” recently.

On last night’s episode of “American Idol,” four singers from East Tennessee impressed the judges enough to earn a “Golden Ticket” to Hollywood. The auditions were held in Salt Lake City, and contestants appeared in front of celebrity judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr.

Laurel Wright, an 18-year-old from Maryville, sang an original song while playing her acoustic guitar, and received a “yes” vote from all three judges.

D.J. Bradley, a 20-year-old from Maryville, sang a cover of “Hometown Glory” by Adele. Lopez commented that he has a “mysterious musician thing going on.”

Briston Maroney, a 15-year-old sophomore who attends Knoxville Catholic High School, played his great grandfathers guitar and sang a cover of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by The Rolling Stones. “You’ve got something really cool,” Urban said.

Johnny Newcomb, a 16-year-old from Maryville, played “Last Kiss” by Pearl Jam and “If It Hadn’t Been for Love” by The SteelDrivers.

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