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Suburban girls compete in American Idol's Hollywood round

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  • Video: Ashika Sachdev on Idol

  • Video: Alex Oechsel on Idol

  • Barrington High School senior Ashika Sachdev, of South Barrington, is pictured here auditioning for "American Idol" last season. She made it to the Hollywood round, and did so again this year.

      Barrington High School senior Ashika Sachdev, of South Barrington, is pictured here auditioning for "American Idol" last season. She made it to the Hollywood round, and did so again this year.
    Photo courtesy of FOX

  • Alex Oechsel, of Naperville, pictured here singing in the Sears Centre parking lot before 2011 "The X Factor" auditions, has made it to the Hollywood rounds on this season of "American Idol."

      Alex Oechsel, of Naperville, pictured here singing in the Sears Centre parking lot before 2011 "The X Factor" auditions, has made it to the Hollywood rounds on this season of "American Idol."
    Daily Herald File Photo/George LeClaire

  • American Idol judges, left to right, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Mariah Carey, listen to singers at the show's Chicago auditions last summer.

      American Idol judges, left to right, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Mariah Carey, listen to singers at the show's Chicago auditions last summer.
    Photo courtesy of FOX/Michael Becker

 
 

Historically, suburban singers have done well on "American Idol." So perhaps Alex Oechsel, of Naperville, and Ashika Sachdev, of South Barrington, will carry on that tradition Wednesday.

Both 17-year-olds have made it to the show's "Hollywood" round and will attempt to woo judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson with a cappella performances. If they make the cut, they'll compete again in a group competition.

Sachdev, a Barrington High School senior, made it to the Hollywood round on last year's show, but not to the semifinals. Earlier this year, she helped her school win a visit from Rhianna in her "Shine Bright Like a Diamond" contest.

Oechsel, a junior at Benet Academy in Lisle, has performed in local theater productions and also auditioned in 2011 for the show "The X Factor."

The teens are among 13 singers from the Chicago area to be get "golden tickets" to Hollywood. Others suburban girls competing Wednesday night include Jayne Jaeger, 18, of Clarendon Hills, and Mariah Pulice, 19, of Darien.

The performances begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday on FOX. The 40 semifinalists (20 men and 20 women) will be named at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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