American Idol contestant Cameron McGhar, a 16 year old cheerleader from Clanton, Ala., landed a golden ticket to Hollywood, but not without a heaping helping of constructive criticism from judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.
"Roll Tide," a battle cry for University of Alabama football fans, got tossed around as she charmed the current trio of American Idol judges with her infectious personality.
After McGhar boldly asked for a second shot, Perry offered the contestant a minute to better represent her stage presence and vocal talents.
Despite McGhar's strong second showing, Richie still voted no.
"You have a very infectious personality, and you just, if you can tell, we're pulling for you here, right," Richie said. "In my heart of hearts, I don't think you're quite ready. I'd rather for you to come back here and give it a real 'Roll Tide!' It's going to be a no from me this trip around just because I know there's more we can get from you."
Perry kept hope alive while still playing the "Roll Tide" card (a potential joke at the expense of Bryan, a University of Georgia fan).
"Listen, I am not going to 'Roll Tide' with you," Perry said, "but I am going to roll the dice with you. It's a yes from me."
Other recent auditions of note came from New York native Laila Mach, who took Gabby Barrett's "I Hope" in a different direction, plus Caleb Kennedy (with original song "Nowhere") and Alyssa Wray ("I'm Changing" from Dreamgirls).