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As American Idol’s final season kicked off last month, many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were excited to see fellow members auditioning for the judges.

Impressed by their talent, the Idol judges sent six Latter-day Saint musicians through to Hollywood. Despite valiant performances from all of these artists, only one advanced to the Top 24. caught up with some of the contestants following their elimination from the show. They shared the ups and downs from the competition and what’s next for them.

Amber Lynn Stoppel, 28

Performing for the Idol judges was an experience that California native, Amber Lynn Stoppel, describes as surreal.

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