Shi Scott, a former Harford County resident who has been competing on "American Idol," made it through the latest round of the singing competition in an episode that aired Thursday night on Fox.
She is one of 48 contestants moving on to perform in front of a live audience at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.
Scott, 19, performed Etta James' "All I Could Do Was Cry" in front of judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles during Thursday's episode, which covered one of the final rounds of the series' Hollywood Week.
Scott, who grew up in Belcamp, admitted to camera crews backstage that she was extremely nervous before going on.
"Hollywood Week is brutal, and the fact that I could walk out onto that stage and whatever I do in that next minute, two minutes, could change my entire life is huge," Scott, who grew up in Riverside and now lives in Montgomery County, said during Thursday's show.
She also admitted her petrified state to the judges.
"I was out of breath back there, my heart is racing really fast, but other than, I'm good," she said, when asked by the judges how she was doing.
Lopez could be seen smiling as Scott belted out the song, which was also performed by Beyonce in the movie "Cadillac Records," but Connick was more critical.
He told Scott that it was "evident" that she was short of breath and that her heart was racing.
"It was evident, and I think it took away from your performance, which happens," Connick said. "You've done some good performances in the past, but that wasn't the strongest vocal performance you've given."
Despite the negative comments, Scott said she was proud of her performance.
"I feel really proud of myself, though I want to get through this round so badly," she said. "This is where it happens; this is where I'm birthed to be great. It won't happen if I go home, it won't happen."