A Vancouver mom hit a high note with the judges of American Idol during Hollywood week.
Britnee Kellogg made it to the Las Vegas following Wednesday night's episode.
Fox 12 introduced you to Kellogg during the Portland audition episode earlier this month. Since then, the support and buzz around the local Idol contestant has grown.
"It's surreal," said Kellogg, who has two young boys cheering her on from home.
"He'll say, ‘Mommy, Britnee Kellogg is on TV!'" Kellogg said of one of her sons. "It's almost like I have an alias."
The single mom has been juggling her children, a full-time job and pursuing her dream. She struck a chord with Jennifer Lopez during the audition episode, who gave her advice from one mother to another on balancing it all.
"American Idol and the whole experience has made me a much stronger person and performer," said Kellogg.
She described Hollywood week as a "blast" although draining at times. The episode revealed medical scares, food poisoning and the stress of competition.
"They're showing a lot of the drama," said Kellogg of the editing. "Seeing people you love and built relationships with go home is awful. It's really, really difficult."
However, Kellogg's solo performance of "Landslide," a song first performed by Fleetwood Mac and covered by various other artists, like the Dixie Chicks, impressed the judges and put her through to Vegas.
"Steven Tyler grabbed me, pulled me aside and said, ‘You have an incredible voice,'"said Kellogg.
Kellogg cannot reveal how far she's made it in the competition. However, she told Fox 12 the competition has left her more determined than ever to continue pursuing her dream.
"I feel like I can do it," said Kellogg. "I've heard ‘no' so many times before in my life. Whatever happens, you move forward and try harder."
Kellogg is scheduled to perform Thursday night at Dukes County Bar and Grill in SE Portland.
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