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You may have recognized someone during the January 30 American Idol audition in San Francisco. It was the second go-round for the bright-eyed Briana Oakley. Not surprisingly, the always caring Keith Urban remembered her right away, too. Last year the Idol judge told her he liked her light and “cool hair,” which thankfully she kept for her most recent audition. 

Perhaps not surprisingly, Keith loved her audition just as much come Season 13“Beautiful!” he said of the performance. “I could keep you singing all day, but it would just be for my own enjoyment.”

Jennifer Lopez really enjoyed the number as well, saying, “I hear Jordin Sparks a little bit. So young and so powerful. Really great.”

Harry Connick, Jr. loved that she sounds proud to sing, telling her, “You did a great job.”

The three of them were still praising Briana after she left the room Golden Ticket in hand — and she won a place in the Top 31 in the February 13 episode — so we know she’s got real talent.

But what else do we know about this 17-year-old from Antioch, California?

According to Briana, she knew she wanted to audition for Idol again the moment she was cut from the Top 72 last year.

“I was pretty devastated,” the singer said of not making it in Season 12. “I learned from that experience that I want this even more.”

Over on her Twitter, Briana describes herself with the simple “I love music and traveling #blessed #gypsysoul.” Then Idol is your kind of gig, gal pal! 

What do you think of Briana? Surprise or not so much? Sound off in the comments!

Source: Briana Oakley on Twitter

Briana Oakley Performs


Briana Oakley Auditions for Season 12 of American Idol