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Rising Stars

American Idol effort.


Courtesy of Fox Networks

Pleasanton teenager Maddy Hudson sings her heart out at the local farmers market every Saturday morning, but recently, she graced a bigger stage: American Idol. The multitalented 17-year-old blew judges away at the San Francisco tryouts with her rendition of Beyoncé’s “Resentment” (J-Lo said Hudson’s audition gave her goose bumps) and then advanced to the grueling Hollywood round after a group performance of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.”

Danville native Adam Lasher also joined Hudson in the competition. Lasher, 28, lives in Southern California and auditioned in New Orleans. He sang an original song and impressed the judges with his gritty vocals and ability to play the guitar, despite a broken thumb. The fact that he’s rock legend Carlos Santana’s nephew didn’t hurt, either.

Although neither contestant advanced to the live voting rounds, Hudson—who has since been cast in Bogie and Bacall, a film that’s slated to hit theaters next year—is staying positive.

“I want you all to know that I will not be giving up and that there are endless possibilities,” Hudson told her fans on Facebook. “This is only the beginning.”

For more from both artists, visit Hudson’s YouTube page, youtube.com/user/maddyhudson2012, and Lasher’s website, adamlasherband.com.

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