And the honor of being the very first contestant shown on American Idol Season 13 went to …
Marrialle Sellars, who auditioned in Detroit, which wasn’t one of the cities to be featured in Wednesday’s Season 13 premiere.
Still, Marrialle impressed the judges — and rightly so — playing guitar and singing Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.”
Jennifer Lopez said she loved the tone of Marrialle’s voice; Keith “loved” the performance.
Harry Connick Jr. went a step further, predicting she’ll be “a nightmare” for the other contestants.
Still in high school, 17-year-old Marrialle apparently auditioned with her sister Zena, according to this story on CBS Detroit.
Marrialle got a ticket to Hollywood; Zena did not.
Marrialle told the station missing school would be worth appearing on Idol.
“Singing’s my life and I couldn’t think of my life without it,” she told the station.
Marrialle appears to have scrubbed her Facebook page and doesn’t appear to have a Twitter account.
But there are a couple of videos of her performing on YouTube and I’ve embedded them below.
She and her sister also performed as a gospel music duo called Majestic II Praise at one point
The first video below is a song Marrialle wrote for her choir director.
“We’re Gonna Miss You”
“Broken Hearted” with sister Zena (Marrialle is at left)