Nashua teen advances to next round on 'American Idol'

Kay Kay Alexis performed in the solo round to advance to the Top 50, broadcast on Sunday's episode of 'American Idol.'

An 18-year-old woman from Nashua is among the 24 finalists vying for the title of the next American Idol.

Kay Kay Alexis was among 12 women and 12 men selected as the Top 24 contestants in this year’s revamped American Idol competition, airing Sundays and Mondays from 8 to 10 p.m. on ABC.

Alexis and the remaining 24 contestants will fight it out over four episodes for the right to perform on the live shows that kick off April 22. The final 24 were pulled from the top 50 contestants, revealed on the Sunday, April 1, episode. To cut the number by more than half, the three celebrity judges — Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie — asked the contestants to sing solo numbers in front of a live crowd in what was dubbed the “Showcase Round.”

Alexis performed “Brokenhearted” by Karmin, and her performance wowed the judges enough to help her make the cut.

According to a short biography published on an American Idol website, Alexis won the opportunity to audition in front of Idol executive producers in Savannah, Ga., by taking home a silver ticket after competing in a New Hampshire Idol competition. Her winning song in that competition was Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.”

As a child, Alexis performed nine years ago on the Tyra Banks Show, and the Maury (Povich) Show.

The next episode of American Idol will air Sunday, April 8, and will feature performances from each of the top 24 contestants, along with celebrity performers.