In the News: 2017 Augustana Grad Earns 'American Idol' Golden Ticket

Augustana graduate Maddie Todd earns a golden ticket for "American Idol"

Singer-songwriter Maddie Todd, Augustana University Class of 2017, has advanced in the "American Idol" audition process.

After her initial audition earlier this month in Fargo, North Dakota, the 23-year-old religion and sociology major was invited to a private audition in Los Angeles. There, she was selected to advance to the next round of auditions before celebrity judges.

She brought part of Augustana with her for her first audition experience — "I wore my AU Viking pin through the entire audition," she said. 

Todd, who serves as an assistant logistics coordinator for Augustana University, visited with Argus Leader reporter Danielle Ferguson about her "American Idol" journey so far. 

American Idol: Sioux Falls Singer to Audition for Celebrity Judges

By Danielle Ferguson, Argus Leader

Maddie Todd will have the chance to meet the artist who helped her realize an important part of herself.

Todd, 23, of Sioux Falls, was one of a few to get a golden ticket at the Fargo Auditions for American Idol earlier this month, sending her to Los Angeles this week to audition in front of the show's executive producers.

Read the full story from the Argus Leader