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Report: 'Idol' hopeful Emily Wynne-Hughes on alcohol monitor

By Steve Rogers and John Bracchitta, 01/15/2009 

American Idol hopeful Emily Wynne-Hughes will apparently be celebrating sober if she survives the show's "Hollywood Week" round and becomes an eighth-season semifinalist.

Wynne-Hughes -- the pink-haired 21-year-old singer from Los Angeles, CA who wowed Idol's judges with both her rendition of Heart's "Barracuda" and willingness to ditch her band and ruin their European tour plans if she got to advance to the competiton's "Hollywood Week" round -- has been ordered to wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet as part of a plea agreement for a July 2008 drunk driving arrest in West Hollywood, TMZ reported Thursday.

In addition to the bracelet -- a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor (SCRAM) unit that straps to the ankle and measures perspiration to determine if a person has consumed alcohol -- Wynne-Hughes also received three years probation as part a deal in which she agreed to plea to a lesser reckless driving charge, according to TMZ.

All four American Idol judges were impressed with Wynne-Hughes' "Barracuda" performance, which aired during the show's eighth-season premiere that covered the competition's Phoenix, AZ auditions on Tuesday night.

"You're different, I like you," an impressed Simon Cowell told her. "Very good, [that's a] very, very, very difficult song to sing."

"Probably Top 5, honest to gosh," said judge Paula Abdul. "I think you're going to do well in this competition."

"Ya," added Randy Jackson.

"Four yes's!" new judge Kara DioGuardi exclaimed.

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