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American Idol

Skylar Laine

Age: 18

Hometown: Brandon, Mississippi

Singer she gets compared to most often: Reba McEntire

Skylar Laine Harden is an American Idol contestant from Brandon, Mississippi, who auditioned in Houston, Texas during Season 11’s national talent search. Skylar’s a young country girl at heart who tweets she “can’t hide her redneck side.” You can listen to a handful of Skylar’s original songs on her Myspace page.

As seen in her touching audition, Skylar works at her family's grocery store, Beatty Street Grocery, which has been hit hard by the struggling economy. The 18-year-old is also reportedly working toward a degree in nursing.

Skylar’s Twitter profile says she loves to play guitar, piano, write music, and perform. An avid Miranda Lambert fan, Skylar says her dream is to record her music and plans to travel to Nashville to do so. Other fun facts, courtesy of Skylar’s Twitter stream: she owns a truck, loves tacos, and is super close with her sister Blair.

In the Season 11 Semifinals, Skylar wowed with a sassy performance of Faces' "Stay With Me," which earned her a spot in the Top 13.

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