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After American Idol, Avalon’s dream is music

The backdrop certainly won’t be familiar, but the face you might see in San Diego this weekend will be. You see, after coming into your living room on television weekly for nearly 2½ months and about 6 months of “American Idol” captivity, Tierrasanta’s (a San Diego suburb) Avalon Young, who was eliminated from the show Thursday night, is out on her own now. “Well, I wouldn’t exactly put it that way,” she said with a laugh Friday morning from her Los… Read More »

American Idol down to a 6-pack

The “American Idol” door closed Thursday night on Avalon Young and on San Diego’s chances of ever having a homegrown winner of what was for many seasons the country’s highest-rated television show. Young, 21, from the San Diego suburb of Tierrasanta and a Serra High graduate, was eliminated as two contestants were cut and the number of finalists for the show’s 15th and final season dwindled to six. Also cut was Lee Jean. The contestants moving on to next week’s… Read More »

American Idol down to Elite 8

With a hip-hop style appealing to young voters, San Diego’s Avalon Young worked her way into the Top 8 on “American Idol’s” 15th and final season when the viewer vote was revealed during a two-hour show Thursday night. Idol host Ryan Seacrest revealed that Gianna Isabella, Olivia Rox and Young received the fewest votes. But judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban decided that Young would be saved, leaving Isabella and Rox to be eliminated. In addition to… Read More »

American Idol’s Top 10 works for Avalon Young

After 15 seasons, “American Idol” is about to close up shop and fade away from the television landscape. Ratings have slip-slided away, audience numbers have dropped, wannabe contestant entries have fallen … it was time to go. So what was the allure that made this show the most-watched TV production through more sweeps weeks than any show in history? It was kids like 21-year old Avalon Young. Not too long ago she was tending to her pet hamsters and guinea… Read More »

American Idol reveals their Top 10

With approximately 70,000 aspiring American Idols now out of the way, we are down to the Final 10 contestants as Idol’s 15th and final season has reached the point where viewer votes will determine who advances and who goes home to watch the show with the rest of us. Included in the remaining 10 are two Californians – Avalon Young from San Diego and Olivia Rox from Agoura Hills. The 10 finalists were revealed Thursday night. The winner will be… Read More »

American Idol down to the Top 14

With approximately 70,000 aspiring American Idols now out of the way, we are down to the Final 14 contestants as Idol’s 15th and final season has reached the point where viewer votes will determine who advances and who goes home to watch the show with the rest of us. Included in the remaining 14 are two Californians – Avalon Young from San Diego and Olivia Rox from Agoura Hills. Seven finalists were revealed Thursday night. The winner will be crowned… Read More »

5 cut from Top 24; 5 more to go next week

Thousands have tried over the past 15 years, but no one from San Diego County has ever been crowned the winner of American Idol. Now in season 15, the final Idol season, San Diego’s last chance at the title rests on the talents of a former waitress at Applebee’s in Mira Mesa. Avalon Young, 21, from Tierrasanta survived a sixth round of cuts Thursday night and made it to the Top 14 as the show winds its way to an… Read More »

Two in SoCal still in the running

Jessica Sanchez came close. So did Adam Lambert. Both were Idol runnersup. Now a pair of 21-year old wannabee vocal superstars represent San Diego’s last chance of winning the title of the next American Idol. As Idol winds its way toward an April 7 finale of its 15th and last season, Stephany Negrete (Granite Hills High) and Avalon Young (Serra High) find themselves three steps along the journey to the title. On Thursday night’s taped show, both were featured as… Read More »