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iN VIDEO: B.C. teen impresses American Idol judges

Nanaimo teen Lauren Spencer-Smith impressed American Idol judges.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/ Lauren Spencer-Smith
March 02, 2020 - 10:19 AM

Nanaimo teen Lauren Spencer-Smith has longed to compete on a televised singing competition.

The 16-year-old Juno Award nominee, who's been making waves belting out powerful renditions of pop songs on social media, jokes she's probably seen "every single episode of every single talent show" and has always wondered if she could one day try out for "The X Factor" or "American Idol."

READ MORE: B.C. teen to audition on 'American Idol' on Sunday's episode

Now her dreams are coming true as she’s made it through the first round on American Idol, after auditioning in front of judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan on Sunday night, March 1.

Richie told Spencer-Smith that she is “wise and gifted, well beyond your age.”

“Your voice is super interesting. You have this tone that is making us very intrigued by you,” Bryan said.

Perry said Spencer-Smith has a  “Leona Lewis vibe” to her voice.

?“I think you have so much to work with and I think we can carve out who you want to be as an artist,” Perry said.

Spencer-Smith is heading to Hollywood for the next stage of the competition.

She called the moment “surreal.”

Watch the competition on CTV and ABC on Sundays at 8 p.m.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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