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.
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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."
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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.
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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. They're among 13 singers from the Chicago area to make it to the show's Hollywood round. The show airs at 7 p.m. Wednesday on FOX.