Pleasanton teen talks about 'American Idol' audition

Episode featuring local high school senior to air next week

A Pleasanton teen is set to appear on Fox television next week as part of her audition for the 14th season of "American Idol" in San Francisco.

Maddy Hudson, 16, will be singing a song by Beyoncé in hopes for the "golden ticket" to Hollywood.

Hudson said she grew up watching the singing competition television series and always dreamed of auditioning once she was old enough.

"You know in your soul what you're supposed to do in life," said Hudson, who hopes "American Idol" will launch her singing career.

Locals may recognize Hudson from Tully's Coffee on Main Street, where she sings every Saturday morning during the farmer's market, in addition to the private performances she has booked.

Hudson, who attended Foothill High School for three years, is now being home-schooled for her senior year to focus on her passion.

According to Hudson's mother Ashli, the teen is on track to graduate in June but "while other students are applying to colleges, she's ready to start her career."

Ashli Hudson added: "When you have a child with so much talent, you just know this is what they're meant to do."

Maddy Hudson recalled a defining moment in her life when she sang at a school talent show as a fifth-grader, saying, "I got off the stage and the kids were asking for my autograph."

"It made me happy knowing something that I love to do made them happy," she said.

Now, Hudson must also impress "American Idol" judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. The episode featuring Hudson is scheduled to air this Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. on Fox.

For more information about Hudson, subscribe to her YouTube or 'like' her Facebook page.

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Posted by Christine
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 23, 2015 at 9:56 am

Oh, I am so excited for her! I used to work at Lanvie across the street from Tully's, and I would see her every Saturday playing her little heart out. She is incredibly talented, I wish her all the best!

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Posted by Ptowngal
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 23, 2015 at 11:23 am

I am soooo excited for you Maddy. No doubt in my mind that you'll make it to Hollywood. Good luck to you and see you on American Idol next week. You go girl !!!!!!

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Posted by MaddysFan
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 24, 2015 at 3:12 pm

How exciting! Maddy is the best! Her voice is super powerful and soulful. She will bring those judges to tears! Best of luck Maddy!

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Posted by in Plesanton
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 24, 2015 at 7:16 pm

That show is still around?

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 26, 2015 at 8:31 am

American Idol is not relavant like it once was with most winners quickly forgotten. Nevertheless, it's wonderful that a local girl will be on a national show and I truely hope she makes it through at least part way.
Being able to say she at least made it Hollywood, and survived a round or two after that would be good for her resume and give her credibility for future auditions.

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Posted by Me
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2015 at 11:09 am

Way to represent!

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Posted by Watcher
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2015 at 2:08 pm

I've always watched from the first year. When judges said goose bumps, fantastic, everybody else go home, I think we could have a winner. It should be fun to watch tonight. I made all calls possible for Carrie Underwood, have made some call every year since first year. Maybe Pleasantonians should all do their part and make as many calls as possible for home town girl.

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Posted by Good Luck!!
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 29, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Go get 'em Maddy! You have a wonderful voice and cute personality. Knock them off their feet! Good Luck! We will be cheering (and voting) for you!

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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2015 at 7:59 pm

"American Idol is not relavant like it once was with most winners quickly forgotten" - really? Why don't you check out some of the recent winners (and other finalists)

"The teen country crooner followed up his season-10 win with the album "Clear as Day," which made McCreery both the first country star to have a debut album enter the Billboard 200 at No. 1 and the youngest man to debut at the top of the chart. The album has since gone platinum"

I would say that the exposure of the finalists means a lot. There are many that become very successful, but then again successful in music doesn't necessarily mean multi-platinum albums for 30 years.

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Posted by Arnold
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2015 at 7:59 pm

Maddy, You were absolutely incredible. Watching J-lo's face as you sang that song was priceless. Her facial expressions mirrored your own as you sang about pain and loss. I too had GOOSIES, and my niece is now a big fan.

I can't wait to follow the rest of your American Idol/Hollywood journey.

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Posted by Sue
a resident of another community
on Jan 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm

I live in the Oakland Hills, my daughter attend O'Dowd and started 1Closet. Saw you on Idol, loved your look and voice - there is a lot of great talent this year - what an experience!
Enjoy you time, take advantage of making just never know what the future holds.
Best of luck@
Sue Graham

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Posted by Watcher
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 5, 2015 at 3:57 pm

TONIGHT, Thur, Feb 5, is night one in Hollywood. Show is only on from 8:-9:
Not sure if there are actual 'eliminations' tonight, IF so we all must CALL & CALL in the time frame we are given.
IF you have not seen before, they will flash the phone # to call, which are DIFFERENT for each contestant. The IDOL numbers are the same EXCEPT for the LAST TWO DIGITS, so write those down first. Numbers will flash up for each during show. We certainly want her to survive the early eliminations. When it get to finalists, each final singer is brought to her town, for all to turn out, film, and air on the show for final voting.
First step is each individual Pleasanton phone number needs to make calls for her to stay in to the end. It's ALL about the number of calls. Some great ones have not made the numbers, early, like 3rd or 4th show, voters thinking they're so good, they'll make it..yet lose. (like candidate voting, not always the best, but who gets the most votes). The early shows are critical, or it's all over, without the phone calls. You must watch the first night of calls to get her # & WHEN to call. Later shows you can cut in & out if you have the timing figured out...still dangerouse, not always up the same.

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