Tucsonan advances on American Idol

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TUCSON, Ariz.--From the small stages of Southern Arizona, to the bright lights in Hollywood, for the first time in five years, Tucson's got a competitor in the American Idol contest.

Brittany Mazur, 21, is a former beauty queen, dance instructor at Kids Unlimited in Tucson and Rincon High School graduate.

After singing her rendition of "Mercy" to the American Idol judges in San Francisco, this Tucsonan advanced to Hollywood for the start of Season 10. "Brittany is a hard worker, she's been wanting to audition for a long time," said Jennie Marshall of Kids Unlimited. "She chose to wait a few years and we are over the moon about it. This studio is just on fire. We're very excited for her."

"We knew since age eight when we were sitting in the theater, listening to her big voice, belting out Barbara Streisand tunes in the way that she did, that she was going to be a star," Marshall said.

Mazur is in American Idol Top 40. Next week she will compete to make it in to the Top 24.