Vancouver woman's 'Idol' dreams fall short again

Britnee Kellogg doesn't advance to Las Vegas round

By Craig Brown, Columbian metro editor

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Vancouver resident Britnee Kellogg's fifth quest to become the next "American Idol" has ended.

The country music singer failed to gain a spot in the top 40 in an episode aired Thursday night on the Fox TV network. She did not appear on the episode.

At the end of the show, the celebrity judges chose 20 women and 20 men to advance to the Las Vegas round next week. After that round, final casting will be revealed for the ensuing live shows that culminate in the naming of a winner. Former winners include superstars Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson.

Unless the rules are changed, Kellogg, 28, will be too old to audition for a sixth time next year.

In a recent interview with The Columbian, Kellogg couldn't reveal that she had been eliminated. But she did say that "After this, if I don't make it, I'm done with reality shows."

"If everything doesn't go well on 'Idol,' I'll be working on releasing an album this spring," Kellogg said. "I'm doing music full time now, and I've been doing that since September. Things are going really well."

She will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave., Portland.

On Wednesday night's program Kellogg advanced to the end of the Hollywood group round.

Kellogg was one of four women in a group they dubbed the The Dolly Chicks. Fittingly, they chose the Dixie Chicks' hit "Sin Wagon" to sing before the celebrity judges.

The performance didn't come without a struggle. In a repeat of what happened to Kellogg last year, one member of the Chicks didn't want to rehearse as long as the other three did. "It's frustrating," Kellogg complained, noting that she had to do the choreography and work out the harmonies for the group.

At the end, Kellogg and the woman who was reluctant to rehearse -- South Carolina hairdresser Hailey Davis -- advanced. The other two contestants were eliminated.

Kellogg's friend, Aubrey Cleland, 19, of West Linn, Ore., is among the top 40 who will perform in the Las Vegas round.