stephanie petronelli american idol patriots cheerleader fox 'American Idol': Meet New England Patriots cheerleader Stephanie PetronelliThere’s something that stands out about Season 13 “American Idol” hopeful Stephanie Petronelli. Hmm. Wonder what it could be?

Oh, yeah — she’s a New England Patriots cheerleader, and caught the eye (and ear) of all the judges as she tried to win a Golden Ticket to Hollywood in Wednesday’s (Jan. 15) season premiere.

While Harry Connick Jr. wasn’t sold on her — he noticed via her exposed abdomen that she wasn’t using her diaphragm to belt — she impressed Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban enough, despite some waffling on their part, to send her through to the next round. As three of her Pats colleagues stormed the room to congratulate her, Harry rethought his decision.

“If it’s four of them it’s a yes,” he jokes. “I didn’t know that was part of the package!”

Petronelli may look good, but she’s got pipes too. Check out these videos of Petronelli singing the national anthem at a Pats/Saints game, and a cover of Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep.” What do you think? Did she deserve her Golden Ticket?

Posted by:Jean Bentley