One South Dakotan survives ‘Idol’ cut, one doesn’t

Winner native Mallorie Halley, who so wowed the "American Idol" judges in Atlanta that it seemed like she was destined for stardom, was unceremoniously dumped from the show during Hollywood auditions that aired this week.

From the Rapid City Journal:

She performed "Cry" by Faith Hill on the stage of the Kodak Theater and received lukewarm feedback from new Idol judge Ellen DeGeneres.

"She said, ‘I really like your voice, I like your look, but I would want to see more emotion out of you,’" Haley said. "It wasn’t bad. She was really nice. It wasn’t some like traumatic experience."

Meanwhile, Sioux Falls native Audri Vargas survived the cut and is one of 71 performers moving on to the next round.

From the Sioux Falls Argus Leader:

Vargas was shown only briefly Wednesday as she and four other singers performed as a group called The Suffragettes.

“The judges told us we had one of the best auditions, so that made me feel good,” Vargas said by phone Wednesday night.

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Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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