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Pleasanton teen heads to 'Hollywood Week'

Episodes air Wednesday, Thursday

Pleasanton teen Maddy Hudson is headed to Hollywood Week after receiving, not one, but three golden tickets from "American Idol" judges during the San Francisco auditions aired Jan. 28.

"You have all of the ingredients to really be a superstar," said judge Harry Connick, Jr.

Hudson, 16, said she thinks the judges saw her complete authenticity while she was singing "Resentment" by Beyoncé.

"You have heart," said judge Jennifer Lopez.

Although the song choice was a "spur of the moment", she said that was the song she was meant to sing for her audition.

"I'm just emotionally connected to it," Hudson added.

Judge Keith Urban said: "I love everything that's on the outside but I really love what it's covering up, and I heard and felt every bit of it."

While many contestants describe the audition experience as nerve-wracking, it was just the opposite for Hudson -- who walked into the audition room greeting the judges with a cheerful "Hi!"

"I wasn't nervous. I was excited to meet and sing for them," she said. "It was the best feeling ever...some love, happiness and excitement."

According to Hudson, she has been getting non-stop feedback about her audition on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

"It's so overwhelming and heartfelt," she said -- adding that she has been spending hours responding back to each and every comment.

Hudson said she wants to put the most love and appreciation as possible in her responses.

In addition, Hudson will be holding a Meet and Greet tomorrow at Tully's Coffee on Main Street from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The competition television series will begin airing its "Hollywood Week" episodes next Wednesday and Thursday, starting at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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

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