Local singer advanced on #039;American Idol#039;

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 3, 2005

If you blinked, you probably missed it.

Though she only received about three seconds of celebratory air time, Ironton area singer Kelly Greco moved closer to her musical dreams as she advanced to the Hollywood rounds of Fox's "American Idol."

The blond-haired, small town girl could be seen briefly jumping around and hugging friends as she advanced through the Cleveland auditions to join approximately 200 other hopefuls from across the country that will perform in the California rounds set to air Feb. 8,9, 15 and 16.

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Now that there are fewer contestants, Greco's chances are improved but there is still no guarantee that she will receive more TV time in these rounds.

The 22-year-old, Rock Hill High School grad and her family must remain tight-lipped about how the West Coast adventure went.

Even though more than 100,000 potential stars auditioned for the show's fourth season, friends and family back home

know Kelly has as good a chance as any.

"She sang at my wedding reception and everyone was like, 'Where did you get the singer?'" said family friend Melissa Blagg. "They all thought she was already a star."

Greco's picture is featured on "American Idol's Web site at www.idolonfox.com/photosvideos. She is in the Cleveland gallery wearing the contest number 3283.

The daughter of James and Donna Greco, Kelly began performing at the age of 15.

Greco has appeared at many local events including the 2002 Ironmaster Days festival, Ashland, Ky.,'s Summer Motion, the Highway 23 Jamboree at the Paramount Arts Center and in Shawnee State University's musical, "A Tribute to Patsy Cline." She was also a finalist for the USA network's "Nashville Star."

Greco spends her days as radiologic technician at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell, Ky., but keeps dreaming that her next brush with fame will last a little longer.