OFFSTAGE: Shania Twain Song a Winner for Idol Contestant

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It’s been a while since someone has pulled out a mid-’90s Shania Twain song on American Idol, but it worked for Janelle Arthur. She certainly has the country chops to sing Twain, having performed with the Country Tonite group in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., since 2005. But she didn’t start her audition on last week’s show with country. She started with Duffy’s “Syrup & Honey,” which was nice, but then judge Steven Tyler asked her, “You got something else a little up-tempo?” That’s when she launched into a Twain’s “No One Needs to Know.” And that earned the 20-year-old three enthusiastic “yes” votes from the judges. Like her father told Ryan Seacrest outside the audition room, “We know she’s a star. We just want the world to know it.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.