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'Idol' Contestant -- Applebee's Karaoke Champion

1/21/2011 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ashley Sullivan -- the "Idol" contestant who cried her way to a golden ticket -- just so happens to be a graduate of one of the most prestigious musical institutions in the world ... the Applebee's Performance Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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TMZ has obtained video of Sullivan busting out "Take Me or Leave Me" from Rent last year at a karaoke contest at The Bee -- and get this -- we're told Sullivan took home the top prize ... of $500.

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Karen    

Does anyone think Ashely Sullivan was actually any good? Vote on the poll: http://www.pollportal.com/use-poll.php?id=101

1350 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

thats why ameican idol sucks sort of because most of the people that get into the finals all have singing carreers already.In the beginning they were all total amateurs I think

1350 days ago
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smb    

Yeck to the girl. BUT, if viewers are expecting immediate perfection; then, yes, it will suck for you. The rest of us enjoy the process.

1350 days ago
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alexalebor    

She has a great voice! But, she's a basket case. It was obvious at her audition that she'd had vocal training.

1350 days ago
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alexalebor    

Everyone deserves to audition, including those who've had training. Frankly, the ones who'd had training weren't nearly as good, imo, as the untrained. And don't think for a moment that the judge can't tell. Steven Tyler could tell and he preferred the raw talent, as he said.

No matter, the people will be the ones to decide and it mostly boils down to personality, imo.

1350 days ago
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chzman    

if she won top prize, how bad were the other contestants...or was she the only one in the contest? At some point, these people NEED to be told "you aren't as good as your parents said you are". Sadly, I don't think J-Ho or Steven Pedoph-yler have the balls to be that honest. We, as the customers (that's what we are considering AI expects up to purchase all their products) will not get the best of the best because they are giving tickets to the ones who cry the most and have worst sob story.

1350 days ago
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Angela    

TMZ - you missed the best part of the story - she wasn't just singing a song from RENT. She was singing a duet where two lovers have an argument. And she sang BOTH PARTS! If you actually listen about 2 minutes in she starts having a singing fight with herself. Crazy pants!

1350 days ago
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sib    

WTF!?!?!? I've never been to an Applebee's that's done this. That would rock!!!

1350 days ago
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Bubbles The Chimp    

This girl won't make it past the 1st round in Hollywood.

1350 days ago
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Kris    

It's obvious she's off her meds, i guess the question is does she take meds or does she stay in this manic state constantly, either way she sounded okay. please take your meds!

1350 days ago
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crabbygirl81    

This lady is the reason I am not watching AI anymore. Can I try out too? I'm totally tone deaf and can cry at a drop of a hat!

Her performance proves that they will allow any no-talent loser through. What a joke!

1350 days ago
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Straight Talkin Texan    

That was awful! My ears hurt!

1350 days ago
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lauren    

are you guys crazy?? she has an awesome voice! she just sang different than "pop". l loved her and thought she was hilarious! my fiance and I hope to see her go far. she is talented.

1350 days ago
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anni    

LOUD with no form or content. The people at the bar look like they are ready for her to LEAVE. You know the employees hate her.

1350 days ago
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shamon    

I'm not sure if she was on meds or needed to be on meds, but sumptin just weren't right

1350 days ago
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