Locals advance to Hollywood on American Idol


Brandy Neelly, 17, is making her third trip to "American Idol’s" Hollywood round. The Oldham County native told Idol judge Keith Urban she was star-struck to perform before him, but by the time Neelly finished her rendition of Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” it looked as if Urban was also star-struck.


“I was excited when I got my golden ticket,” Neelly said in her "American Idol" interview after advancing to the second round. “It’s such a thrilling feeling and even though it’s my third year doing it, each time I get it, I feel something different. This year, I feel like it’s fate. I feel like it’s really my year.”