American Idol XIII Top 31 Contestant #2 (Spoilers)

briana oakley

I’ll be posting several American Idol Top 31 contestants previews every day in the run up to the American Idol XIII premiere on January 15.

Young soul and blues singer, Briana Oakley, was considered one who got away when she didn’t advance further than Hollywood in Season 12.

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But although the young singer showed great promise, she was only 16 years old at the time of her audition last summer.  A year can make a huge difference, especially for a singer so young.

Watch her wow the judges with a bluesy and soulful rendition of “Up To The Mountain’ in her Long Beach, CA audition.  I wonder if she’ll introduce her backstory from last season.  She talked about being bullied in school back in Antioch, CA after she was on a TV talent show.

Briana Oakley – Long Beach Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

She performed “Impossible” in “Hollywood” as her a cappella audition. She advanced to the Top 72, but was cut before the Top 40.

Final Group Including Kez Ban & Brianna… by IdolxMuzic

An 11 year old Briana posts a performance of “At Last” to You Tube.


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