ayla brown Massachusetts election 'American Idol' connection    Scott Brown is not ElvisDid you know today’s election for the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s vacant Massachusetts seat has an “American Idol” connection?

The Republican nominee for the Mass. U.S. Senate seat, Scott Brown, is the dad of season five semi-finalist Ayla Brown.

Ayla famously always wore some killer heels with her 6’0 frame and made Ryan Seacrest look like the Keebler elf that he is.

Below are two of her Top 24 performances. The first one is “Unwritten,” which was not our favorite Ayla offering but in the video montage before the song she and her dad toss around the football as she talks about thinking her dad was Elvis when she was little. “Unwritten” is the song that got her eliminated, but she had something to fall back on — playing forward for the Boston College women’s basketball team.

The second one is a much better Ayla performance — it’s “Reflection” from Mulan. We liked her and thought that year that Ayla Brown and Will Makar could’ve replaced Melissa McGhee and Kevin Covais in the Top 12 (sorry, Chicken Little).

We just always really liked Ayla’s poise and work ethic and ability to see criticism for the helpful tool that it is, rather than act all petulant like some contestants.

The Massachusetts U.S. Senate race is a dead-heat between Democrat Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and Republican state Senator Scott Brown going into election day. What do you think? Will Ayla’s dad Scott Brown be the first Republican U.S. Senator elected from Massachusetts in 37 years?

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."