‘American Idol’ top 24 cuts former Miss America, N.J. singers out

When “American Idol” revealed its picks to advance in the competition,

the top 24 did not include local singers or a former Miss America crowned in New Jersey

After Mansquan’s Cole Hallman was cut from the show in duets that aired Sunday, Betty Maxwell

Miss America 2016, was sent home from the competition in Monday’s episode.

Maxwell’s performance in the “Showstoppers” round of season 20 did not make it to the broadcast,

but her exit did. She said on Instagram that she sang “The Joke

by Brandi Carlile and shared a video from a rehearsal.

While Maxwell’s duet performance with West Virginia contestant Kelsie Dolin, 18, touched the judges in Sunday‘s episode and brought Lionel Richie to tears