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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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16.

noneofyourbusiness    

SOOOOOOOOOO over American Idol.....enough already. The best part is the gag auditions they show.

1280 days ago
17.

Bubbles The Chimp    

She will be one of the background video footage castoffs next week. Guaranteed. Unless she acts like an idiot for the camera for a few moments.

1280 days ago
18.

Lemonade    

The woman at the local farmers' market her signs way better than this moron. After watching JLo and SteveT captiulate to her crying.... I decided the show isn't worth watching. Randy was the only one to tell her no - perhaps next year.

If Simon was on the panel - she wouldn't have gotten through.

1280 days ago
19.

anni    

LAUREN: "my fiance and I hope to see her go far"? ha ha ha how old are you? ha ha ha Like your boyfriend cares about this stuff.

1280 days ago
20.

Ziggy    

Thought she was dreadful myself. She was shouting through most of her audition, It really wasn't good. I think she'd be better off doing show tunes on a cruise ship or something.

1280 days ago
21.

moveover    

She must have cried and whined and begged them, also ....... because she really can't sing that well.

1280 days ago
22.

CG    

I agree with you, #16.

1280 days ago
23.

TheUltraworld    

Someone skinning a cat in there?

1280 days ago
24.

Tomornorman    

Ashely Sullivan is quite the character, and whether or not she completes her American Idol dreams, she could possibly find her nitch in the entertainment business she is looking for. She caught my attention, and I'm considering doing a project with her if she is interested.

Steven Tyler "“You won’t find many people like that. That was unbridled enthusiasm. ... I’m going to personally work that into something good.”

I'm on board with that idea, so now to find her..... !

1280 days ago
25.

lauren    

Anni...though you may only be able to find a man that grunts, humps and eats, some of us find men with a little more to offer; Yes, we watched the show together and we both thought her personality and voice was great. now go fall off of something tall.

1279 days ago
26.

SusanInFlorida    

She's a scream-singer. 30 seconds of listening to her is like eternity in hell!

1278 days ago
27.

MC71    

Um,some readers missed the smarmy little "joke"; it was an Applebee's, and she was doing karaoke. It's not a performing arts academy; they promote it that way the way they call what the serve "food." She sings karaoke, just like every other AI contestant. And she got emotional because, well, some people do, even in today's "whatever" society.

1276 days ago
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