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NU native advances to Hollywood on ‘American Idol’

February 4, 2011
By Josh Moniz Staff Writer

NEW ULM - A New Ulm native has made it big by advancing to the Hollywood audition of "American Idol."

LaTasha Booth, a New Ulm High School graduate, was one of 53 contestants selected in the Milwaukee, Wis. "Idol" auditions.

The first day of auditions took place on July 21, 2010. Booth made it to the callback audition on Oct. 2 that took place in the Milwaukee Art Museum,

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New Ulm native LaTasha Booth is pictured at her American Idol audition in Milwaukee.

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Booth will advance to the Hollywood competition, where she will sing from a predetermined song list.

Booth has been very active in musical competitions in the past. She previously competed in "Idol" tryouts in Philadelphia, but she was eliminated in the first round. She also was the youngest contestant in an "Idol"-style competition hosted by KMWB-TV of Minnesota in 2004.

In her biography on the "Idol" website, Booth cited her oldest brother, who died when she was 10, as her musical inspiration.

Booth grew up in New Ulm and moved to St. Francis, Wis. in 2005. Her parents, Leonard and LeAnne, live in New Ulm.

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