CHANTILLY, Va. - An 18-year-old northern Virginia girl hoping to become the next “American Idol” wowed the judges and is moving on to Hollywood.
Sara Sturm, a senior student at Westfield High School in Chantilly, auditioned in front of Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. in Philadelphia by singing her rendition of Meghan Trainor’s “Lips Are Movin.”
While introducing herself to the judges, the Centreville native joked around with them about her job as a hostess at Eggspectation in Chantilly. On Wednesday night, family and friends gathered for a viewing party at the restaurant to watch her outstanding audition.
Lopez told Sturm that she was a really good singer and liked her fearlessness. Urban said he loved her confidence and the performance was one of his favorites that day. Connick said he thought the 18-year-old was “pretty special” and “I think you have a sound that sort of belies your years.”
Sturm met all of the judges’ “egg-pectations” and they unanimously voted yes to give her a golden ticket to move on to the next round in Hollywood.
“My favorite moment was just all the things they said,” she said. “That was so nice. They said that I was courageous, which I was really surprised about because I was so nervous. The fact that they thought I looked courageous was amazing.”
Sturm told us that she couldn’t feel her legs the whole time watching her audition on TV.
“I don’t remember saying half of the things in there because I was so nervous and mesmerized by them,” said Sturm.
The Westfield student said she is a self-taught singer and has never been classically trained.
After her performance was shown on the air, Season 4 “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood tweeted about Sturm saying, “Well, she was just adorable!”
Well, she was just adorable! https://t.co/pdeTRhtNZf— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) January 14, 2016
“My life is officially made,” Sturm told FOX 5’s Lauren DeMarco.