Shi Scott, 19, a former resident of Belcamp who lives in Gaithersburg, is keeping her fingers crossed she got enough votes from her most recent "American Idol" performance to move on to the next round of the popular television singing competition.
"They've changed so much from past seasons, and the level of talent is just something else this year," Scott said by phone from Detroit Monday in the midst of rehearsals for the remaining contestants.. "It's crazy to be a part of."
Scott and her 11 female competitors will learn who the top eight vote-getters were during a live episode scheduled to air Thursday on Fox. The top eight male vote-getters will be revealed Wednesday.
"We find out [the winners] at the same time as America does," she said, noting the contestants' on-air reactions are "completely genuine."
Scott belted out a rendition of Rihanna's "Umbrella" from the stage of The Fillmore Detroit in front of a live audience during last Thursday's most recent episode of "American Idol."
Scott said after she performed that the past week had been "a lot."
"I think I did the best that I could," she said on television. "I think I'm still learning, and I want to stay!"
Members of Scott's family, including her parents, sister, grandparents and uncle, as well as her boyfriend, have been part of the audience during recent episodes as the contestants performed in front of live audiences in Los Angeles and Detroit.
"It's so comforting, because I know whatever happens on the stage I'll be fine because I'll be able to go to them afterward and hug them," she said Monday.
Scott said she needed their support, especially after her performance during last Thursday's episode.