Another Eastern Iowan wins 'Idol' golden ticket

Von Presley joins Brown in moving on to Hollywood rounds

Diana Nollen
Published: January 18 2013 | 10:34 am - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 10:15 am in
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Another Eastern Iowan has won a golden ticket to the Hollywood rounds of "American Idol."

Alisabeth Von Presley of Cedar Rapids also won over the celebrity judges in Chicago, but her audition wasn't aired on Thursday night's episode.

Like Gabe Brown of Marion, whose audition was shown on TV, Von Presley caught producers' attention at last August's Small Town Bus Tour stop in Iowa City. Brown and Von Presley were then invited to come to the Adler Planetarium in Chicago to sing for judges Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.

Brown is a member of the Eastern Iowa-based band known as Helforstout, which is playing Friday night (tonight) at Rumors Bar and Grill in Cedar Rapids.

Brown and Von Presley are among 46 Windy City auditioners who advanced to the Hollywood rounds, which will air later this winter on the popular Fox television talent show.

Past "Idol" winners and finalists have gone on to stellar careers as recording artists and actors, including Kelly Clarkson, Carried Underwood, Jennifer Hudson  and Chris Daughtry. The competition is open to singers ages 15 to 28.

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