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Sumrall native heading to Hollywood after ‘American Idol’ performance

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Another Mississippi resident is heading to Hollywood.

17-year-old Kayleigh Clark of Sumrall appeared on Sunday night’s episode of American Idol, receiving two of three votes to make it to the show’s next round. The high school senior sang Garth Brooks’ “The Dance” and Hillsong Worship’s “I Surrender.”

Following her performance of “I Surrender,” Lionel Richie led the panel of judges in voting.

“I was hoping there was something on another level, and you got there. We can coach you on this,” Richie said. “I think the overall potential of what you have to offer is a really interesting possibility of how far you can go with this.”

Luke Bryan seconded Richie’s comments, saying Clark has the potential to go far in the competition.

“I think if we can get you really, really digging in, I think you might be a top 10 contender in my opinion,” Bryan said.

Clark, with a big smile, replied, “I would be willing to work.”

The only dissenting vote came from Katy Perry, but as the pop star noted, contestants only need two votes to go to Hollywood.

You can keep up with the pink-wearing, hunting-loving Clark every Sunday when American Idol airs at 8/7c on ABC.

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