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An NFL cheerleader absolutely killed it on American Idol this week

- January 16th, 2014

Stephanie Petronelli, American Idol contestant No. 63,190, is used to an audience.

After all, she performs in front of 70,000 fans on a bi-weekly basis, wearing next to nothing.

Petronelli’s so comfortable in her weekend role as a New England Patriots cheerleader she decided to appear on American Idol as just that – a New England Patriots cheerleader, complete with boots, a skimpy bottom and a revealing top.

We know what you’re thinking.

A gimmick, right? Just a pretty face, right?

Wrong.

As she showed Wednesday night, Petronelli’s got some pretty good, uh, pipes.

Petronelli’s rendition of Grace Potter’s Ooh La La propelled Idol judge Jennifer Lopez to grant the cheerleader passage to the next round.

“She had more soul than I expected,” Lopez said during the broadcast. “Maybe I’m judging a book by its cover. The voice to me was surprising, in a good way.”

And to everyone watching.

That is, other than Harry Connick Jr., who wasn’t impressed with the performance.

“Honestly, I don’t think you’re a good enough singer.”

He changed his tune when three more cheerleaders joined Petronelli in celebration.

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4 comments

  1. Will | January 16, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I thought you weren’t allowed to participate if you already have a contract in professional entertainment? Granted, her contract isn’t in *recording*, but I don’t recall if the rule is restricted to recording contracts specifically (?).

    I hope this isn’t just a ploy to get people to watch an otherwise slowly-dying show?

  2. Montana | January 16, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    You can’t be serious! Except for T&A this young lady has zero vocal talent. If she does get through the first round it will be on looks only.

  3. james | January 17, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Didn’t see her but as per the norm for this show, vocals/talent are not as important as looking good and to pump out the cap songs the force down your throat. ..The voice has way better people who can actually sing.

  4. Cheerleading Poms | January 29, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Not worth the time or effort, really. We all know that cheerleaders and popular sports teams will always be treated as a special case, when the rest of the student body is not afforded the same.

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