Outside a preschool in Centerville, you'll naturally find the hopes and dreams of kids aspiring to become doctors, firefighters and astronauts, and their teacher has dreams of her own.
Cindy-Jo Schloer wasn't allowed to talk about her golden ticket until now. She's lead singer for the band Dirt Road Dixie, and was one of thousands who showed up to Mariucci in June to try out for American Idol.
She was one of 45 called back for a final audition for the judges in September at the Convention Center, and when the results finally unspooled on air last week, she got some serious air time in part because she had just shot a bear. Harry Connick Jr. was particularly interested.
In all 16 people from that Minneapolis audition last fall were sent to Hollywood, 12 of them Minnesotans.
Setara Barukzoy is another, and after acing her audition with three yeses from the judges, she wasn't shown on air.
YouTube: Listen to Setara's music
She has another shot at Idol air time in the next couple weeks in the upcoming Hollywood rounds, which our Minnesota singers shot a few months ago.
Until that airs, they can keep singing, but they can't say much.