Ashley Rodriguez: American Idol Hopeful

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Kara DioGuardi is in love.

Simon Cowell has already labeled her a front-runner.

But is such praise of Ashley Rodriguez unworthy? You tell us.

The singer is one of 24 rumored American Idol finalists on season nine, as she received unanimous Hollywood approval from the judges after her Boston rendition of Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You."

Here's what we know so far about Ashley:

  • She attended Chelsea High School in Massaschuets.
  • She received a full scholarship for the famous City Music program at Berklee College of Music.
  • She has toured the globe with gospel group Overjoyed.
  • She her performed at the Berklee Performance Center with artists such as Philip Bailey, Chaka Kahn, Lalah Hathaway and Paula Cole.
  • She sometimes goes by the stage name Ashley Makailah.

But will she be the next American Idol? Watch her audition below and grade her potential.

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]