American Idol viewers, let us introduce Brandy Neelly. This 18-year-old returned to Idol during the January 22, 2014, episode and she got herself a Golden Ticket plus a round of applause from Keith Urban. Then she landed a spot in the Top 31 in the February 13 episode!
This Southern belle is no newbie to Idol — it's actually girlfriend's fourth time auditioning! A+ for persistence, Brandy!
Brandy first gave Idol a shot back in Season 10 but we didn't see much of her until Season 11 (and we've got the video footage to prove it, as shared below). She also gave Season 12 a go but didn't make it past Hollywood Week. Thirteen must be her lucky number, however, as we hear Brandy is one of Season 13's Top 31.
For her triumphant return during the January 22 audition episode, Brandy sang "Wanted" by Hunter Hayes and boy, did the judges want to give her a ticket to Hollywood! This little lady from Louisville, Kentucky, is heading west where we're sure she'll shine.
Get a sense of the kind of talent we're talking about in the videos below with even more available on her YouTube channel. Commence binge-watching now.
Sources: American Idol Net, Brandy Neelly on YouTube
Brandy Neelly Sings "Anymore" in Season 11
Brandy Neelly Sings "Holding Out For A Hero"
Brandy Neelly Covers Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"