CHESTERFIELD — Carrie Brockwell, a sophomore at Appomattox Regional Governor's School, auditioned for "American Idol." Will the 15-year-old receive a platinum ticket?
This year, to celebrate their twentieth season, three contestants may receive a platinum ticket. This is only possible if the judges vote unanimously. The recipients will bypass the first round of Hollywood Week.
On Valentine's Day, I had the pleasure of watching Brockwell perform at The Reserve at The Highlands. She sang beautifully while playing the piano. Her ruby-red heels sparkled as she hit the pedals. Since I arrived near the end of her set, I missed seeing her play the acoustic guitar.
Brockwell's proud parents listened with smiles on their faces. The diners cheered and placed money in her tip jar to show how much they appreciated her talent.
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"I think she's going to win, and I wouldn't be surprised if she gets a golden ticket," John Bogue of Dinwiddie said. "She's such a sweetie, too."
"Her performance was beautiful. We enjoyed it," Harrison Moody of Dinwiddie said. "She sounds like the real deal."
"My son and daughter, and Carrie have been on the same swim team for years," Matthew Reynolds of Chesterfield said.
Reynolds's 12-year-old son Holden is inspired by Brockwell. They have the same voice and piano teacher.
"They're involved in the same music groups, and we've gotten the pleasure of hearing her sing for years now," Reynolds said.
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"Musically, she is a very good friend of mine," Holden Reynolds said. "She's inspiring me to make my own music. I really hope she passes on 'American Idol' because then I'll have a celebrity as a friend."
A friend of the Brockwell family Brian Felts of Chesterfield said, "A little girl with a beautiful voice that turned into a magnificent voice."
Sal Buffa, The Reserve co-owner, recalls Brockwell as a child getting up on stage to sing with her dad Barry Brockwell and uncle Bruce Brockwell with the Red Neck Pool Party band.
"Barry is the one who encouraged me to get a piano," Buffa said. "Carrie and her fellow students have recitals here."
Brockwell's ARGS and former Gates Elementary School and Matoaca Middle School classmates will surely be watching her perform on the big screen.
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Carrie Brockwell loves family, friends
"Tune in February 27th on @abcnetwork to see what the judges, Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie, and Katy Perry had to say," Brockwell posted on Facebook @carriebrockwellmusic. "Love you guys so much! [heart emoji, heart emoji, heart emoji]."
"I still got that autograph. I knew what I was doing when I asked for it when you were about eight. That is so awesome," Stacy Brooks Chisholm commented.
"That’s awesome! Follow that dream and never give up because you have the talent to go a long way," Richard Markins commented.
"My favorite show! Carrie, I'm so proud of you! This is awesome! Can't wait to watch," Tina Eure Terry commented.
"Maybe you'll get the platinum ticket I been hearing about and you get to rest during Hollywood Week," Patrick Deck commented.
"Holy cow Carrie! That’s flippin’ awesome! Good luck," Beverly Valerio commented.
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Season 20 of 'American Idol'
Helping determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest continues his tenure as the beloved competition series’ host.
Season 20 of "American Idol" premiered Feb. 27. Brockwell's audition has not yet aired, however she was featured saying the phrase "a moment like this" referencing the song Kelly Clarkson sang when she won "American Idol" 20 years ago.
Watch the second episode of the "American Idol Season 20" audition show this Sunday from 8-10 p.m. on ABC. For more information, visit abc.com.
To learn more about Brockwell, visit carriebrockwellmusic.com, and follow her on Twitter @cbrockwellmusic, TikTok @carriebrockwellmusic, and Instagram @carriebrockwellmusic.
On the back of her four-song EP titled "Impressions," Brockwell thanked her family for always having the best advice and for never ceasing at being incredibly supportive through every step.
"I'd like to thank my friends for their love and support throughout this journey and for never leaving my side," Brockwell stated. "Most importantly, I'd like to thank God for giving me this huge passion that I have for music, blessing me with a loving community, and allowing me to do what I love every single day."
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