February 13, 2014 11:00 PM

EKU student Brandy Neelly in 'American Idol' Top 30

It looked like Brandy Neelly was heading into one of those oh-so-intense sing offs with Californian Briana Oakley, with whom she walked into the judge’s room hand-in-hand. But they were even spared the melodramatic faux rejections Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez fell back on all night, being quickly passed through to the Top 30.

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