Maddie Walker photo/American Idol

Maddie Walker photo/American Idol

Two American Idol contestants with Iowa connections are out, with one Iowan making the cut into the Top 24.

On tonight’s broadcast, Ankeny 16-year-old Maddie Walker was shown the door after she performed with the top 48.

But wait!

All three judges said they “saw something” in the blonde country singer and decided to pit her against another blonde country singer in a “sing-off.”

“There’s something about this young woman that’s captivating,” judge Harry Connick Jr. said.

Up against Rachel Hallack, who sings “Son of a Preacher Man,” Maddie offers her version of “Red High Heels” and the judges give her the “1 percent” edge and reverse their decision, saying Maddie is “ready for prime time.”

Unfortunately, Gabby Zonneveld, who made it through group rounds, was cut during the last round of Hollywood Week. Gabby’s father is Dick Zonneveld, a graduate of Cedar Rapids Washington High School.

Not sure at what point Washington H.S. senior Aaron Bissell was cut, but all of these young adults have made a good showing for Iowa on Idol.

See past videos of their performances here.