After last night’s episode of American Idol, both Philadelphia and South Jersey will be well-represented.
Galloway’s Mara Justine, 15, is going on to Hollywood, having auditioned on Monday’s episode with Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain.” The teen, whose audition aired first on the episode, received a standing ovation from judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan.
“This is a top 10,” Perry said following Justine’s audition, which was filmed in October. “I think we just need to vote.”
Justine is a singing competition veteran. She got to the finals on America’s Got Talent in 2014 when she was just 12. On that show, she was knocked out of the competition following her top 12 finals performance.
Now, Justine joins Philadelphia’s Dennis Lorenzo, 26, and Langhorne’s Catie Turner on the list of local competitors on this year’s Idol. Lorenzo and Turner were passed through to the next round on the show on Sunday, when the show’s new season debuted.
Previously, Idol ran from 2002 to 2016 on Fox. It currently airs at 8 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays on ABC.