Written by Julie Silva Friday, 24 January 2014 11:15
In just one short moment during the American Idol premiere, Mission resident Villalon made her debut, singing "Love Somebody" by Maroon 5 on a ukulele.
That was all that was shown on television, but Villalon said the judges were wary at first. Jennifer Lopez was on board, but Keith Urban worried Villalon altered the song to cover a lack of range. It wasn’t shown on television, but Villalon put down the ukulele and sang “Marry Me” by Bruno Marks acapella.
The 20-year-old was awarded a ticket to Hollywood with consent of all three judges. She also gained support from across the Valley.