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PA Cyber senior among "American Idol" hopefuls

Nov 15, 2017

Scroll through photos of Kim Kardashian, Kelly Ripa, Oprah Winfrey and James Corden on Ryan Seacrest's Instagram page, and you'll find rising country music singer Gabby Barrett among them.

Seacrest recently posted a video to his 3.2 million followers that shows the PA Cyber senior singing part of Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" with him during a weeklong taping session in Nashville for "American Idol," an ABC reboot of the talent competition that started on Fox in 2002.

According to ABC's website, "The nationwide search for the next superstar kicked off on August 17 at Disney Springs...offering hopefuls the chance to audition for a shot at superstardom."

Barrett already has a promising career, performing throughout the Pittsburgh area and having opened concerts for Keith Urban and Toby Keith, but "American Idol" offers a lot more exposure for the young talent, whose dad has referred to her as the "country Adele."

Like the other show contestants, Gabby had the opportunity to submit her audition tape online or show up at one of several open or pop-up auditions across the country.

Gabby met Seacrest, the show's longtime host, at the audition and ended up singing with him in the short clip.

With the Instagram post, Seacrest wrote, "Warming up the Nashville contestants with some MJ. Good luck everyone! #thenextidol."

Gabby responded, "Thank you for singing with me @ryanseacrest!!!"

The show recently announced that Katy Perry, Luke Brian and Lionel Richie will serve as judges in the new season.

"American Idol" launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, and Adam Lambert, to name a few. The new show is set to air early next year.

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