Is it too early to say "move over Carrie Underwood?"
We think not because Naperville resident and Benet Academy junior Alex Oechsel just sealed a trip to Hollywood for Fox's American Idol.
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Oechsel made it to the next round after American Idol's season 12 auditions in Chicago. The American Idol premiere continues tonight on Fox at 7 p.m.
Oechsel is no stranger to the stage as she's performed in numerous productions at North Central College and Benet Academy.
Last summer, Oechsel was one of two girls cast as Dorothy in North Central College's production of "The Wizard of Oz". Along with her sister, Taylor, Oechsel also performed in "Annie" in 2011 at North Central.
Patch will keep you updated on Alex throughout the season.