East Hartford’s Ashlee Feliciano Makes A Splash On American Idol

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It is happening again- Connecticut has another serious contender on American Idol.

The first episode of season 12 closed out Wednesday night with the story of Ashlee Feliciano, 20, of East Hartford. Built up as one of the best talents of the episode, Feliciano wowed the judges with a rendition of “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae. The judges’ reactions were near instant.

“I don’t think you understand what you just did,” said judge Nicki Minaj. “I’m so inspired by you, and I think so many girls will be inspired by you too.”

“I think it was really nice, I thought everything was really nice and clear,” said Mariah Carey. “The potential is great. it’s beautiful, you should be really proud of yourself.”

In an interview segment before the audition, Feliciano’s large extended family was profiled. Ashlee’s parents, Cesar and Hope Feliciano, talk about their three biological children (including Ashlee), and four foster children who are “medically complex.”

The fact that the show’s cameras recorded interviews and intimate family moments in what appears to be her home bodes well for Ashlee Feliciano. Connecticut Idol watchers may remember the extended interviews with Middlebury’s Katie Stevens at the beginning of season nine. Stevens went on to finish in eighth place.

After the audition, judge Randy Jackson called Feliciano’s large family in to join them. “You’re good people, and it definitely shines in her.” Jackson said.

“That girl just blew me away!” Minaj remarked as the family left the audition room.

Connecticut will be watching.

Watch the full clip below:


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11 thoughts on “East Hartford’s Ashlee Feliciano Makes A Splash On American Idol

  1. Miriam lopez

    Omg this is my best friends niece so close to home.. Ashleey is amazing I know the family so well … Congrats Ashley. Blow them away in Bollywood!!! Hollywood :-)

  2. Audie Xavier De Jesus

    I saw East Hartford trending and was very confused. Coming to find out it was because of the beautiful yet very talented Ashlee F. …Keep it up girl and put CT on the Map…Im a local artist and i feel like theres a whole lot of talent out here but we don’t get the opportunity to show it. Happy Ashlee got the chance to prove the WORLD that theres talent out here in CT!!

  3. Nayda Flores

    So very proud of my beautiful niece! She is so talented.

    Ashlee: I’m so proud of everything you’ve achieved…and the person you are. Congratulations
    Your aunt,
    Nayda Flores

  4. Lily J. Rivera

    You were AWESOME ASHLEE!!! Proud to say that she comes from a great family. I will be looking forward to watching you MAKE IT BIG!!!

  5. Virginia

    She is not the only CT contestant to get through.. Rebekah Devivo- Ostro got through also. They only showed her getting her ticket and showing her family. Her interview is on Youtube. It’s a huge accomplishment for both girls.

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