Three from NC advance on American Idol

Posted January 19, 2012
Updated February 28, 2012

— Season 11 of "American Idol" got off to a hot start Wednesday, with auditions in Savannah, Ga.

The very first contestant was David Leathers Jr. from Fayetteville! This 17-year-old (a.k.a. "Mr. Steal Your Girl") wowed the judges with his renditions of "Remember the Rain" by the 21st Century and "Never Can Say Goodbye" by the Jackson 5. It didn't take them very long to all say yes and pass him into the next round.

But he's not the only one in our area to get that coveted golden ticket.  

Ashlee Altise, a 28-year-old sales associate from Kinston, first showed off her signature dance move: the joy hop. Then she busted out "Come Together" by the Beatles. She impressed the judges – with both her moves and her singing – enough to make it to Hollywood.

When you add Brittany Kerr, a 24-year-old NBA Dancer from Charlotte, that's at least three out of 42 singers going to Hollywood hailing from North Carolina.


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  • Ivory Lynn Jan 19, 2012

    Ashlee Altise was fabulous!!! Hope she goes far! BUT - the last male performer of the day was THE BEST out of ALL of the ones that showed up. I am hoping that he goes all the way to the top ten!!!

  • awood2 Jan 19, 2012

    good luck to them all. I just don't think the boy that's 17 is going to go that far. I had no longer go the words out of my mouth that he looks 12 yrs old and J Lo said it. I just don't see it happening for him..maybe though

  • RomneyRyan2012 Jan 19, 2012

    And 2 of the ladies on "The Bachelor" are from NC -- Chapel Hill and Charlotte. Good representation for NC!!

  • computer trainer Jan 19, 2012

    I was impressed with David Leathers. He looks and sounds 12 AND he told Ryan that he had a singing contest with Scotty and he won. He also said that he went to school with Scotty. Trying to ride those coattails, I think. Got news for that boy, he has a LONG way to go to be like Scotty!

  • Pseudonym Jan 19, 2012

    I don't understand these girls that would fall for Mr. Steal Your Girl: A 17 year old that looks and sounds like a 12 year old.

    I guess it's Justin Bieber Syndrome.

  • joe-pa hanging with lucifer Jan 19, 2012

    Wow I didn't know there was another round of the glorified popularity contest gong show starting up again

  • tommys5 Jan 19, 2012

    sick of this show~uncg4heels

    So you just read press reports about idol?

  • lauraetheridge Jan 19, 2012

    Ashlee Astile is listing on Idol she is from Kinston, however according to the Wilson Times, she is from Wilson and is said to be an 01 Graduate of BHS (though I have yet to find her in a year book). Something the media might want to look into.

  • Tom Morrow Jan 19, 2012

    NC tends to do pretty well in Idol -

    Fantasia, Clay Aiken, Kellie Pickler, Chris Daughtry, Scotty McCreery

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Jan 19, 2012

    sick of this show