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Is Gabby Barrett the Next Carrie Underwood?

The 18-year-old singer from Munhall wowed the “American Idol” judges once again.

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Munhall native Gabby Barrett seems to be a shoo-in to make the next round on “American Idol.”

Barrett brought the judges to their feet with her performance of Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb,” as she closed out Sunday night’s show. All three judges — Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan — praised Barrett’s performance, and Richie continued to do so on Twitter after the show ended.

Plenty of viewers chimed in in response to the Tweet, many comparing Barrett to previous “American Idol” winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

Viewers of the show voted for which of the remaining 14 singers they wanted to move on to the next round — the top 10 — through Monday morning via the “American Idol” app, website or by text message. The top six vote getters move on automatically, and the final four are selected by the judges.

Top prizes for the show have varied over the previous 15 seasons, with some winners walking away with a new car or a movie deal, as Kelly Clarkson did. Throughout its duration, though, the show’s top singer always wins a recording contract.

Watch Gabby Barrett's Sunday night performance: 


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