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Tinley Park Native Earns Spot on 'American Idol'

Megan Waltman, a 2009 Andrew High School grad, made it past the audition stage on Fox's singing competition and is heading to Hollywood for the show.

Megan Waltman, 22, of Tinley Park, will be a contestant during the 13th season of "American Idol" in 2014. | Credit: "American Idol"
Megan Waltman, 22, of Tinley Park, will be a contestant during the 13th season of "American Idol" in 2014. | Credit: "American Idol"
A Tinley Park resident will be heading to Hollywood as a contestant for American Idol after making it through her Detroit audition.

Megan Waltman, 22, was given "a golden ticket" to continue on to Hollywood to compete in the show's 13th season by the judges of Fox's singing competition. She was one of 40 contestants chosen from the Detroit audition. So far, the judges—Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr.—have chosen 119 Idols-to-be from four audition sites to continue competing.

In a bio video on the American Idol website, Waltman said Lopez was surprised by the soulful voice she had, and Urban gave her a hug. 

This isn't the first time Waltman's audition for the show. She tried out during the 2009, and although she didn't advance, the judges told Waltman she should try again. 

Waltman, who lived in Oak Forest until 2002, is a 2009 Andrew High School graduate, and she graduated from Moraine Valley Community College in 2011, according to her mom, Colleen. 

"I am incredibly proud of my daughter for always pursuing her dreams!" Colleen wrote in an email to Patch.

South suburban residents appearing on American Idol is starting to become a trend. In 2011, Oak Forest native Chris Medina just missed making the cut for the top 24 in the show's 10th season. In 2007, Tinley Park resident Gina Glocksen came in ninth place during the sixth season.

Check out the video in this article of what Waltman had to say about passing her Detroit audition on Wednesday night's episode of American Idol. Patch will continue to follow Waltman through the competition.
Elizabeth Hauser January 25, 2014 at 08:45 AM
Hope she wins! Good luck!

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