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Vote to send West Linn 'Idol' on tour

Voting is unlimited and open until Sunday night


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: FOX - West Linns Aubrey Cleland competed against the sixth-place boy Thursday to earn a spot on this summers American Idol tour.Having just missed making the top 10 contestants on “American Idol,” West Linn’s Aubrey Cleland competed Thursday in a sixth-place sing-off against Charlie Askew.

It is now up to the voting nation to determine which of the two will join the top 10 on tour this summer.

People can vote for Aubrey as many times as they want until 8:59 p.m. (PST) Sunday by visiting americanidol.com/community/choice and clicking on her picture. To vote again, just close the box and re-click on her picture.

According to her mother, Renee Cleland, going on the tour would be great exposure for this rising star.

The winner of the fan save will be announced Wednesday on Fox’s “American Idol,” starting at 8 p.m.

This was the 19-year-old’s third and final chance to compete on the show, having gone from making the top 100 her first time to placing as the sixth-place female this year.

Despite earning consistent rave reviews from the judges, Aubrey did not rank in the top 10 among the 39 million votes that were cast the prior week. The judges called her a “current artist” who had “multiplatinum” record potential.

Aubrey is a 2011 Jesuit High School graduate and is currently enrolled at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., though she took this term off to compete on the show. She is studying communications.

Aubrey’s mother was raised in West Linn and her father, Thane Cleland, was a Lake Oswego resident and 1982 Lakeridge High School graduate. Her younger brother, Ty Cleland, is a junior at West Linn High School.

Her grandparents are Dale and Rosemary Cleland, of Lake Oswego. Rosemary Cleland majored in trumpet in college and also plays the piano and organ. Dale Cleland was a music instructor in Lake Oswego schools for 26 years, plays clarinet and saxophone, and is currently the director of the Lake Oswego Millennium Concert Band.

Regardless of whether Aubrey makes it on tour with “American Idol,” her mother said, Aubrey still gained a lot of exposure and recognition during her time on the show. Aubrey’s performance on the “American Idol” sudden death round on YouTube has more than 138,000 views.

Two weeks ago Aubrey sang Beyonce’s “Sweet Dreams” with strong reviews from the judges and then continued earning high praise from the judges with Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”

For the sing-off she performed Irene Cara’s “Out Here On My Own.” You can watch her performance on YouTube.

A message from Aubrey’s Facebook page states it all: “VOTE VOTE VOTE. It's UNLIMITED!!!!!! PLEASE HELP ME GET ON TOUR YOU GUYS! I LOVE YOU.”



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