Bellingham resident Aranesa Turner has been given a ticket to the Hollywood round of Fox Network's hit singing competition "American Idol."
For her audition, Turner sang "Pure Imagination" from the 1971 movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," according to the TV show's website, but she might as well have sang "I've Got a Golden Ticket," after all three judges said yes.
Turner was born in Sacramento, Calif. and gave her audition in San Francisco. Turner currently lives in Bellingham and is a student at Northwest Indian College.
Turner, whose Idol appearance aired Thursday, Jan. 16, was particularly excited when judge Jennifer Lopez compared Turner to Aretha Franklin, according to an interview with Turner on the show.
"I was so blessed to be able to walk out and see all my family," Turner said in the interview. "This is meant for me; this is my purpose."
The video of Turner's post-acceptance interview can be seen on the show's YouTube page.
The next rounds of "American Idol" air starting Feb. 6.