A new star is born. Kelsie Dolin made an impression on American Idol fans during the second week of auditions.
“I’m very shy. Stepping outside of my comfort zone is very nerve-wracking,” Dolin, 18, told the cameras during the Sunday, March 6 episode of the ABC competition show. “I’m doing this audition for my grandma and I want to make her proud. She is 100 percent here with me.”
Dolin arrived into the audition room wearing muck boots and a baseball cap, and judge Luke Bryan warmed up to her right away. “I was browsing the internet and an ad for American Idol auditions started popping up,” she explained to the judges. “My grandmother died in September of last year.” So I just assumed that was her urging me to, I don’t know, join up for it.”
The West Virginia native sang a hit from the first American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson, during her audition. After a lovely performance of “Piece by Piece,” Bryan, 45, asked if she ever sang publicly before. “I tried to sing in church one time. The music started playing and I just froze,” Dolin recalled.