Sarah Restuccio, 17, of Hammonton, wowed the four “American Idol” judges Wednesday during the season 12 premiere of the televised singing competition. She convinced the four judges to send her to Hollywood, Calif., and keep her on the show.
Restuccio was one of the featured singers on the program as she received her own segment that told her backstory before she sang.
The biographical introduction showed the Cedar Creek High School student riding a four-wheeler and doing archery. She said her family is not musical, but she might have had a great aunt who was an opera singer.
Restuccio told the judges — Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Ryan Seacrest, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban —that she works at a blueberry farm.
In her televised short profile, Restuccio said her heart was in country. She sang “Mama’s Song” by season four winner Carrie Underwood . Minaj said she had a beautiful tone. Carey said she saw Restuccio as a complete package.
Jackson asked Restuccio to sing a second song. She surprised the panel by rapping Minaj’s hit “Superbass,” which causedUrban and Minaj to applaud at the end of it.
Since Restuccio performed two totally different songs, Jackson asked her who she wanted to be. Urban thought more of who she really was may have come out on “Superbass,” but Minaj said Restuccio delivered “two perfect moments.”
“I really believe in this girl,” said Minaj, who also complimented Restuccio on her looks.
All four judges voted Restuccio through to Hollywood. Restuccio could be seen crying tears of joy as she left the stage and was jumping with excitement with her parents after leaving the audition room in New York City.
Restuccio will not be seen again on the show this month as auditions in Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., and Baton Rouge, La., will air tonight, Jan. 23 and 24 respectively. Auditions in Oklahoma City, Okla., San Antonio, and Los Angeles still have to be scheduled and air.
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