Sioux Falls musician recaps journey to Hollywood Week on American Idol

Published: Mar. 26, 2018 at 11:16 PM CDT
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Monday night kicked off 'Hollywood Week' on American Idol and a Sioux Falls musician was a part of it.

Maddie Todd first auditioned in Fargo late last year. Then she advanced to New Orleans to audition in front of the three celebrity judges, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.

That's when the singer/songwriter walked away with a Golden Ticket. She was one of nearly 150 singers to do so, advancing to Hollywood where judges narrow the talent down to 24.

Todd, 23, was thrilled to be a part of the journey. She sat down with Courtney Collen Monday afternoon as the season continues on KSFY.

"It's cool to see the people I met do their thing," Idol contestant Maddie Todd said.

While the show hasn't aired much of her audition in front of the judges, Todd said there was no shortage of nerves or emotions.

"It was intimidating! It was so intimidating going in there," she explains. But she managed to keep her cool as she approached the judges in New Orleans.

"I walk out there, find all these lights and cameras moving around getting every shot they can. These three beautiful, well-lit people are sitting at this desk and they're like 'Hey!' and I said 'Hey! My name is Maddie Todd from Sioux Falls South Dakota, I'm 23. It's an honor to be here' and they were like 'Cool, we're glad you're taking this seriously' and what not, tell us about yourself'," Todd said.

She performed two of Katy Perry's hits, 'You're So Gay' and 'I Kissed a Girl' in a mash-up which, Todd says, hasn't been done before on the show.

"They usually don't do that. The producers really liked it, thought it, thought it would be cool and meaningful for the show considering one of the judges," Todd said.

It was Katy Perry who ended up being Todd's toughest critic. While Richie and Bryan gave her a 'yes', Perry wanted her to sing one more song. She sang an original she wrote about her partner.

"She said 'you know, it's a tough call but I'm willing to give you a chance and I'm in' ... I had three 'yes' and walk up and got the golden ticket," Todd said. "It was pretty cool to have that affirmation from three very distinguished artists from three different genres give me a 'yes' and invite me to a big, exclusive event that only a very small number of musicians get to be a part of across the country."

But Hollywood is where her journey as an Idol contestant came to an end. She stood among a group of a dozen other singers and was not selected to advance to the group competition round.

"It was something that I wanted to do. A dream come true. To be surrounded by all those people. To get that awesome experience. That was cool to have that fulfilled," Todd said.