As with many American Idol 2013 hopefuls, Aubrey Cleland barely got a second of camera time during Hollywood Week. So when it came time for her to sing during the Sudden Death rounds in Las Vegas, we didn't know what to expect. Her talent hit us like a lightning rod, leaving us to wonder just where Idol had been hiding this gorgeous girl.

 

Aubrey took a chance by singing Beyonce's "Sweet Dream," and the risk paid off in spades. Keith Urban said he loved her "poise and fire," while Nicki Minaj said "I am obsessed with you." Nicki, who'd been fairly quiet up to this point, gushed over how "stunning" she is, and also said she felt like she was at one of Aubrey's concerts. The judges definitely think this Orange, California college student has the whole package, and they love her marketability.

 

So just how far does Aubrey Cleland get on American Idol 2013? If the praise heaped on her by the judges (particularly Nicki) is any indication, she could very well make it far into the finals. So far, she's already made the semi-finals and seems like a strong bet to make the Top 10. Could we be looking at the next American Idol winner? What do you think?

 

 

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