June 26, 2016

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Medina singer comes short of ‘Idol’ stage

A Medina High School senior made it to Hollywood, but she won’t be performing on the “American Idol” stage in Las Vegas.

Shelby Searcy, who has described her voice as “smooth,” “jazzy” and “soft,” was not on the list of 40 contestants headed for the neon lights of Las Vegas, according to


The winner of “American Idol” is chosen by viewers, who vote by telephone, Internet and text message. The champion receives a record deal with a major label, and the Top 10 finishers secure a touring contract.

To make it to Hollywood, Searcy had to advance through three stages of competition in July in Chicago.

In the final cut, she won a golden ticket from the four judges: music producer Randy Jackson, R&B singer Mariah Carey, hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj and country-western singer Keith Urban.

Searcy can be seen in an interview with “American Idol” on YouTube. In the interview, Searcy said one of her favorite moments while singing was when she was in the fifth grade. A woman heard her sing “Walking on Sunshine” and said the song gave her goosebumps and made her cry.

“American Idol” airs 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday on WJW-Fox 8.

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