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Patriots cheerleader advances on 'American Idol'

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

This Patriots cheerleader can do more than just cheer. (Twitter/@Patriots/Fox)
This Patriots cheerleader can do more than just cheer. (Twitter/@Patriots/Fox)

Apparently everyone in the Patriots organization is good at everything. Take Stephanie Petronelli for instance. The New England Patriots cheerleader was on the season premiere of American Idol on Wednesday and she sang well enough to advance to the next round of the show.

Petronelli didn't try and hide the fact that she's a Patriots cheerleader: she wore her cheerleading outfit during the audition. The aspiring singer sang her rendition of Grace Potter's "Paris (Ooh La La)" for judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.

Connick wasn't impressed with Petronelli, telling her, "Honestly, I don't think you're a good enough singer."

On the other hand, J. Lo seemed to be a fan, "The voice to me, soul-wise, was surprising in a good way," Lopez said.

To advance to the next round, two of the three judges have to approve of you, so it all came down to the opinon of Urban, "Honestly, I'm a bit on the fence," he said. "And I think if I'm on the fence, it would have to be a yes."

Urban's vote means Petronelli is now headed for the Hollywood-round of American Idol.

Three of Petronelli's cheerleading friends were on hand to help her celebrate moving on to the next round. After Connick saw the other cheerleaders, he changed his mind on Petronelli, "If there's four of them, it's a yes, I didn't know that was part of the package," Connick said.

The audition was filmed on Aug. 2 at Gillette Stadium, but didn't air until American Idol premiered on Wednesday. Petronelli will return to the show in February after the rest of the weekly audition shows are finished.

If New England wins on Sunday against the Broncos, that means you'll being seeing a lot of the Patriots on Fox in February. Fox is airing the Super Bowl this year and they're also the home of American Idol.

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