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Geneva teen's 'Idol' run continues

Kayla Mickelsen advances past group rounds in Hollywood

Geneva High School student Kayla Mickelsen works at Nobel House in Geneva. Mickelsen is a contestant on this season of "American Idol."
Geneva High School student Kayla Mickelsen works at Nobel House in Geneva. Mickelsen is a contestant on this season of "American Idol."

GENEVA – Kayla Mickelsen's run on "American Idol" will continue into next week's episodes. During a two-hour episode that aired Thursday night, Mickelsen was shown to have advanced past the group rounds.

Mickelsen's time on the air was brief, but she wrote in an email that she was happy with the way the group rounds went.

"Group rounds were so fun, and they're notorious for being terrible," she wrote. "However, I was blessed with such an amazing group and zero drama. I think that the lack of drama in our group is probably to blame for our lack of screen time."

Mickelsen, an 18-year-old Geneva High School senior, earned her golden ticket on "American Idol" during an audition period last year. She works at Nobel House and Graham's Chocolates in Geneva.

"American Idol" episodes are set to air on Fox next week, with shows starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. There will be a one-hour episode on Wednesday and a two-hour episode on Thursday.

Mickelsen added that "American Idol" judge Keith Urban did have a comment for her after the group rounds.

"Keith's comment to me afterwards was, 'Kayla, I found myself watching you even when you weren't singing," she wrote. "It was nice to have Keith say something so kind about my stage presence."

As far as what to watch for next week, Mickelsen wrote that contestants went immediately from the "lines of 10" competition, which aired earlier this week, to the group rounds. She added that she had one hour of sleep before her next "solo performance."

"It's been so bizarre being a part of something so cool and then seeing it on TV," she wrote. "Also, everyone on the show is so amazing, nice and incredible, and it makes me so happy to watch them perform, too."

Locally, Mickelsen added that there are plans for her to perform Feb. 17 at Nobel House, and she would be performing twice at Swedish Days.

"Most likely, both performances will be done with my good pal Graham Swidenbank who usually accompanies me on guitar, like he did when I competed in the 'Dream Night Talent Search,' " she added.

Know more

"American Idol" episodes are slated to air next week:

• A one-hour episode at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

• A two-hour episode at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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