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Hawaii’s ‘American Idol’ hopeful, Ashley Lilinoe, moves on to Hollywood

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    Ashley Lilinoe says she tried out for the final season of the show not to win, but to connect.

It’s off to Hollywood for Hawaii’s “American Idol” hopeful, Ashley Lilinoe.

The soulful 21-year-old guitarist/singer from Kaneohe impressed the judges in Thursday night’s audition round, which was shot last summer in Denver. She moves on for another performance before the judges during what the Fox TV show calls “Hollywood Week.” But Fox isn’t saying which night — Jan. 27, 28 and Feb. 3 — will include Lilinoe.

Lilinoe performed a cover of Alannah Myles’ “Black Velvet” but said it didn’t go well. She was accompanied by a piano and could see the judges — Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. — leaning forward to hear her.

“They had a hard time hearing me,” she said. “I recall the piano being louder than me. I am not the loudest, but I project.”

Lilinoe felt she could have done better and was challenged to do so by Lopez, she said.

“J-Lo said, ‘I get your vibe but it feels like I want more of your soul,’” Lilinoe said. “I accepted that. She is a goddess and when you present yourself in front of a goddess you give her your everything, you give her your all.”

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