Local singer belts her way into ‘American Idol’ top 10

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SAN DIEGO – It’s the last season of American Idol, and some have called Avalon Young of Tierrasanta San Diego’s “last hope” to crown an American Idol.

After Avalon snagged a spot Thursday night in the coveted Top 10 on American Idol, she spoke with FOX 5 about how it feels to be on the last season of the iconic show.

“The stage is my home,” Avalon told FOX 5. “The way that it feels when I’m on stage is better than anything else in the entire universe. It’s such a privilege and an honor to go up there and do what I do every week.”

Avalon, named after the song by Bryan Ferry, graduated from Serra High School in 2012 and worked as a waitress at Applebee’s in Mira Mesa.

She got her first guitar at a young age. As she got older, Avalon started playing at venues, where she met friends and became surrounded by musicians.

“It led me on the right path to do what I wanted to do,” Avalon said.

A couple of months ago, Avalon moved to Los Angeles to pursue her talents.

“It feels really good to have all of San Diego behind me,” Avalon said. “I know that’s the reason I’m here tonight – because you guys voted me through.”

The next chance to vote for Young is Thursday night at 8 p.m.