Tucson's Idol hopeful returns to the Old Pueblo

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucson American Idol fans sat glued to their television screens last month as Rincon High School alum Brittany Mazur cruised to season ten's top 40.

The 21-year-old was the first Tucsonan in five years to make it to Hollywood week.

Now, after getting sent home before making the top 24, Brittany is back in the Old Pueblo talking about her Idol experience.

Even as a young girl growing up in Tucson, Brittany Mazur had a big voice, and big dreams.

Fast-forward nearly a decade, and this 21-year-old Rincon High School grad, beauty queen, and dance studio instructor got one step closer to achieving her big dreams.

"I've been watching this show since season 1, ya know.  Kelly Clarkson one of my favorites obviously," said Mazur.

After her first Idol audition in San Francisco last August, the judges gave Brittany the coveted ticket to Hollywood Where she competed against more than 300 singers.

Brittany says the week was stressful, but some situations were edited to blow them out of proportion.

"Certainly if there was drama happening.  I didn't get to see all of it," said Mazur.

Throughout the week though she was glad to see her perception of the judges stayed true.

"They're exactly like how they are on TV and the personalities that you see on TV match the personalities in person," said Mazur.

And the same goes for host Ryan Seacrest.

"He's always really peppy, ya know.  It's almost like he got bit by the happy bug.   He's just always kinda happy," said Mazur.

When it came time to hear if she made it into the top 24, Brittany says she had a feeling she wouldn't make it.

"I kind of wondered if they thought maybe my heart wasn't in it as much.  That was kind of the feeling that I got," said Mazur.

Of course there was disappointment, but Brittany says she has no regrets.

"I was who I was and ya know. I wasn't someone with a tragic story or ya know a funny quirk.  And ya know, that's just not who I was.  I was there to sing," said Mazur.

Brittany has not ruled out auditioning again.

"I think if Idol were to come to Phoenix again I would try out," said Mazur.

But for now this soulful singer's cheering on her friends still in the competition.

"I'm kind of just curious to see what happens," said Mazur.

And realizing that with a lot of practice, a little girls big dreams can take shape.

Brittany says she will continue to pursue singing.  Her ultimate goal is to one day become a recording artist.