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Aubrey Cleland advances to top 20 on 'American Idol'

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WEST LINN, OR (KPTV) -

Things are heating up on American Idol, and a Portland-area teen is stealing the spotlight.

The field has officially narrowed to 20 singers, and the show gets ready to go live next week.

West Linn's Aubrey Cleland is doing more than just hanging on. On Wednesday night's Idol, she received high praise from all four judges.

"I think (she's) the package," Keith Urban said. "The whole thing. The way she looks, the way she sings, the way she presents herself. The way she dresses."

Cleland's performance of Beyonce's Sweet Dream had Nikki Minaj raving.

"I'm obsessed with you," Minaj said.

"I was kind of stunned by it because sometimes she's kind of hard to please and you never know what she's going to think," Cleland said.

While she looks confident on stage, Cleland says her nerves are sky high.

"They send good people home all the time so I was not expecting anything," Cleland said. "I was just praying and hoping that they chose me out of all those girls."

Out of thousands who auditioned across the country, Cleland is now in the top 20. She's in good with the judges, but next week American Idol goes live and viewers will decide who stays and who goes home.

"I don't want to waste this opportunity and I want America to help me get there," Cleland said.

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