She auditioned for the show in Pittsburgh and proved herself to be impressive, making it through to Hollywood. Despite not getting voted through by the public into the top 13, Van Pelt became a finalist thanks to judge Steven Tyler choosing her as his wild card choice on March 1, 2012 after wowing everyone with her rendition of the Lady Gaga hit "Edge of Glory". Before Idol, Van Pelt worked as a mobile DJ, working at parties and clubs.
Van Pelt, despite a brilliant rendition of the Billy Joel classic "New York State of Mind" and a makeover that involved cutting her hair and coloring it black, was eliminated on March 22, 2012, finishing in 10th place.
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