DELTA TWP. – Just days after announcing that she’d secured a ticket to Hollywood on ABC’s “American Idol” Lansing’s Rachel Curtis said her run on the reality singing competition ended there.
Curtis, 21, was one of 169 contestants on Idol to move on to the show’s next round of competition after an audition in Nashville.
The 2014 Waverly High School graduate and vocal worship leader at St. Gerard Catholic Church in Lansing got just seconds of air time last week during the March 19 episode.
Curtis announced her ticket to Hollywood Sunday night on her Facebook page.
‘Idol’s’ Hollywood week began airing Monday night, but Curtis didn’t appear on the episode.
Tuesday she said a bout of food poisoning during filming there in January left her exhausted. The illness came on suddenly, Curtis said, after a full day of rehearsals with the rest of the show’s contestants.
“It was probably the worst sickness I’ve ever been through,” she said. “And the timing was unbelievable.”
Curtis couldn’t talk about the outcome of her ‘Idol’ run until Tuesday, she said.
Her Hollywood audition in front of celebrity judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan was postponed a full day, until after she’d recovered, but it wasn’t enough to score her a spot in the group round, Curtis said.
“When I walked out Katy Perry recognized me from Nashville,” she said. “She said, ‘Oh, I remember you.’ She waved to my family in the theater.”
Then Curtis sang “Fire and the Flood” by Vance Joy.
“My audition wasn’t as great as I’d hoped,” she said. “But I have no regrets.”
Curtis said despite just seconds of on-air time during her Nashville audition, area residents and fans have been very supportive. She’s grateful, and looking to the next step in her music career.
“I’m very thankful for the experience and I’m thankful for getting that far,” Curtis said, of ‘Idol.’
Curtis said she’ll release a collection of her music soon, featuring six songs. She’s also scheduled to perform at Lansing Brewing Company at 7 p.m. Saturday and at the Meijer Gardens Amphitheater in Grand Rapids in July.