Brownlee advances in ‘American Idol’ competition

WELLINGTON — From the moment Makayla Brownlee sang the Miranda Lambert hit, “The House That Built Me” on stage at the Kansas Wheat Festival when she was 7, she knew she wanted to be a performer.

Now she's through through the first round of auditions for “American Idol” in Wichita and has been selected to go for a second round in Chicago. If she advances beyond there, she will go before the celebrity judges in Hollywood.

″I’m really excited,” Makayla said. “I’m really nervous but I’m ready for this journey.”

Initially, Makayla’s was one of hundreds of videos sent to channel 10 for its KAKE Idol contest. Makayla sang, “She Used to Be Mine” by Sara Bareilles, and made it to KAKE’s top 10, meaning she and the others who placed advanced to the front of the line at Wichita’s Century II.

For that audition, she played guitar and sang “Creep” by Radiohead and “Travelin’ Soldier” by the Dixie Chicks.

Makayla auditions in Chicago on Sept. 20. She leaves with her family on Sept. 18.