Charlotte Brings Major Talent to American Idol
Many Charlotteans received golden tickets to hollywood on Wednesday night's two-hour episode of American Idol.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - While American Idol judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson were pulling into Charlotte Motor Speedway, hopeful Shawdai Crowe was waiting and wondering.
"Just what are they're going to say, and if they're going to like my song choice, if they're going to like me, if they're going to like my style," explains Crowe.
Shawdai loves listening to all styles of music but performing is where her heart is. Independence high's choir is one of the many places she's sung.
"I was on there my 12th grade year. I do sing in a choir at church. I am a soloist at church as well. Sing in the shower like a lot of people do," Crowe says with a laugh.
Idol host Ryan Seacrest says contestants like Shawdai have more than just a love of singing.
"What I love to see in these young contestants is a passion, a drive and a focus to try and achieve it.”
Before Shawdai could show the judges her singing chops, Seacrest interviewed her and picked up some step moves from her family.
Then it was time for Shawdai to perform for the judges while her family waited with Ryan in another room until she returned with good news. "We going to Hollywood!," screamed Crowe.
Shawdai Crowe was one of 37 contestants from the Charlotte auditions who will head to the Hollywood round.