Loudoun’s two “American Idol” contestants look back on their amazing runs

Loudoun County was blessed with not one, but two talented performers who made it to the Hollywood rounds of the annual “American Idol” reality show singing competition this season. Their runs have ended, and they are full of gratitude for the opportunity.

“It was an experience I will never forget,” said Sela Campbell, a senior at Loudoun County High School in Leesburg, who earned a Golden Ticket to Hollywood when she auditioned in Leesburg, Georgia earlier this year.

“I had great conversations with the judges and met so many talented people,” Sela told us. “Getting to hear musical legends compliment my singing was incredible and it was so surreal. I had a lot of fun. I plan on continuing to play gigs, write songs, and record my music.”

Both Sela and Lillian Hackett, a Lovettsville teen and junior at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville, made it to the Hollywood rounds of the competition. Lillian auditioned in Nashville.

To have two performers from the same area advance to Hollywood was a rare treat indeed. When the field of performers was cut to 24, the two young women were eliminated, but the lessons learned will endure.

“Being on Idol was a great experience,” Lillian told The Burn. “It allowed me to showcase my music to a broader audience and connect with amazing musicians and mentors. It also gave me the confidence to push forward in my music career and explore new opportunities.”

“Regarding what’s next, I’m focusing on writing and recording new music, and I have some upcoming shows lined up that I’m looking forward to sharing with everyone soon,” she said. “I’m excited about the journey ahead and grateful for the support along the way.”

Congratulations to both these amazing young stars. You can learn more about their music at their websites at: and

(Image at top: Lillian Hackett (left) and Sela Campbell (right).)