Bradenton’s Erin Kelly advances on ‘Idol’

Cee-Lo’s hit “Forget You” proved fortuitous.

Erin Kelly, 20, performed the song in the group round Wednesday on “American Idol.”

It advanced the Winghouse of Bradenton server to the next level of competition.

Watch Fox at 8 p.m. Thursday to see if Kelly’s success continues.

Last July, she made her first “American Idol” advancement in New Orleans, the third site of auditions for the first round in the 10th season of the popular reality show.

Herbie and Josie Torres, of Bradenton, were present to support their adopted daughter.

“She made it,” Herbie said at the time.”

Added Josie, “We were sitting there, and we saw where she was. They had her sing, then they made her wait, then they had her sing again, and she made it.”

During the drive from Bradenton to the Crescent City, their car broke down.

Herbie fixed it, but they had no air conditioning, he said.

Kelly remained determined to succeed.

“This is my dream, and I’m going to chase it,” she said in July.

-- Tammy Smith of The (Biloxi, Miss.) Sun-Herald contributed to this report.

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