15-year-old Kaitlyn Jackson of Norwich auditioned in Boston and was given the golden ticket to Hollywood on Wednesday night's season premiere of American idol.
Jackson watched the episode at home alongside her friends and family. She sang a song she said she wrote for her grandfather who passed away.
The judges were nothing short of impressed.
"I have a ton of people here supporting me, some of my best friends and my amazing family and it just means so much that they're all behind me. I know that my entire community is behind me as well. My phone has been blowing up! I can't even keep track of the notifications I'm getting but it's just awesome to just have so much support behind me," said Kaitlyn Jackson, American Idol Contestant.
Jackson has performed twice at Spiedie Fest. In 2011, the New York State Country Music Hall of Fame honored her with the Horizon Award which goes to a promising new artist.
Fox 40 will continue to follow her journey on American Idol.
Broome County Executive Announces Lung Cancer Diagnosis
Broome County Executive Debbie Preston announced today that she has been diagnosed with lung cancer.
Preston has been in office since 2012.
In a statement, Preston said she has no plans to stop working and that she feels great both physically and mentally.
Preston went on to say, "I've never backed down from a fight in my life. I've won some and I've lost some. But I've certainly won more than I've lost. And this fight against cancer is one that I intend to win."
Right now, Preston... more
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An occasional glass of wine may help keep your kidneys healthy.
Furthermore, for those who already have kidney disease, moderate wine drinking might help the heart.
When researchers looked at... more
Man Under Bed Arrested
State police tell us a wanted Kirkwood man jumped his bail, and then jumped under a bed.
Police say that 42-year-old James Kennerup was arrested for bail jumping and criminal possession of a... more