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Local favorites on 'American Idol' eliminated

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Two American Idol performers with local ties were eliminated from the hit singing show Thursday night.

It was a tough night for hometown heroes Nick Boddington and Aubrey Cleland, with neither advancing through the first round of America voting.

"Thanks for all of your words of encouragement guys, this is a sad night, but I'm so glad to have had this amazing experience with idol," Cleland tweeted.

Cleland, a 19-year-old college sophomore from West Linn, was living her childhood dream. She has wanted to win American Idol since watching Kelly Clarkson when she was 8 years old.

Cleland's high school choir teacher remembers when she missed school for her first round of Idol auditions three years ago.

"I think that she could go ahead and get a contract through other means. I don't think this will be the end for her," said Carol Young from Jesuit High School.

Supporters of Nick Boddington, who was born in Vancouver, hope it won't be the end for him either.

"Sad, but super glad to have had an amazing experience with American Idol," Boddington tweeted.

Boddington's friends and family in his hometown were stunned when he didn't make it through.

"I feel like there were a lot of people who were for sure going to make it but they didn't," said Brian Dietz, Boddington's uncle.

Perhaps Boddington and Cleland will follow in the footsteps of Clay Aiken, Jennifer Hudson, Katherine McPhee and Adam Lambert - all Idol losers who went on to hit it big.

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