Shi Scott lives to sing another day, having snagged a spot in the "American Idol" Top 24 roster of contestants, whose fate will rest in the hands of not only three judges, but the members of the viewing audience who cast their votes next week.
Scott, a 19-year-old former Harford County resident, who lives in Gaithersburg, was one of 48 contestants who performed in the "American Idol" Showcase round at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Their performances were pre-recorded, and they aired on Fox Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Scott, who sang a rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground," was one of the last performers shown on Thursday night's episode. The song has also been covered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
"Me Shi, I'm singing at the House of Blues!" Scott said during the episode. "Oh, it's crazy, I can't believe I'm here right now!"
There were 12 spots available for the male contestants and 12 slots for female contestants. The entire group of 48 gathered in a room and waited as each person went before judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. to learn if he or she would be moving on or not.
The tension rose as some contestants returned, either giddy and hugging friends and family members, if they made the cut, or in tears if they did not.
Scott could be seen during the episode looking worried, or hugging fellow competitors after they learned their fates.
She and Anjelika "Jelly" Joseph, of New Orleans, were competing for the 12th female spot, and each was shown before the judges during the last few minutes of the episode.
The audience was teased with the final result, as Joseph was shown walking away from the judges shaking her head and Scott was shown walking away crying, but all was revealed when Scott screamed her delight when she saw her loved ones.
"That was the best moment of my life, and my dad's out there in the audience," Scott said after her performance. "I know he's proud of me; I'm proud of me."
The next episodes, which feature performances at The Fillmore Detroit, will air on Fox Feb. 25, when the Top 12 guys show what they are made of, and Feb. 26, when the Top 12 girls give their all, according to a Fox news release.
The first live episodes of "American Idol" air during March, and viewers will continue voting as the finalists are whittled down to 12, then two and the winning American Idol, also according to the news release.