Chelsea Sorrell Advances in ‘Idol’

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The Piedmont’s representative on ‘American Idol’ is moving on.

Chelsea Sorrell, 23, of Stokesdale, was among 42 contestants selected Thursday night to get one stop closer to America’s vote.

Chelsea was featured for a few seconds singing “Be My Baby” by the Ronnettes. Steven Tyler let her know how impressed he was.

“Chelsea, when you did your singles, it just was over the top. You just blew it out of the park. It was beautiful,” Tyler said.

When Chelsea learned she made it to the top 42, she dropped toward the floor.

Also seen making it were Fayetteville teens David Leathers Jr., 17, and Ariel Sprague, 17. They were part of a quartet that sang “Rockin’ Robin,” first recorded by Bobby Day and covered by Michael Jackson.

“The last time it was a little rough pitchwise, but you got it together today,” Randy Jackson told David.

“You light up the whole place with your smile,” Jennifer Lopez told Ariel.

Among the other North Carolina contestants, Adam Lee Decker, 28, of Durham, sang “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis as part of a group. Randy Jackson simply told Decker he was impressed.

Caleb Johnson, 20, a student and musician from Asheville, and Joshua Sanders, 23, a music store clerk from Kannapolis, sang another Elvis classic in the same group.

Randy complimented a big note that Caleb hit, and Steven liked Joshua’s confident hair.

Who will make it to the Top 24 and America’s Vote? The contestants perform in front of the judges in a two-hour episode starting Wednesday night at 8 only on FOX8.