Are you watching American Idol this season? With [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Steven Tyler[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jennifer Lopez[/lastfm], the dynamic has certainly changed. Another reason to watch is Lara Johnston. She’s the daughter of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Tom Johnston[/lastfm] from the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Doobie Brothers[/lastfm]. Lara is not part of the Idol cast. She’s actually a contestant!
(Courtesy of Maxine Shen – New York Post)
Lara Johnston — daughter of Doobie Brothers lead singer Tom Johnston — got only a few seconds of airtime during last week’s San Francisco audition, but her impressive voice scored her a gold ticket to Hollywood.
But she’ll be featured on the show this week, according to reports — though it appears the judges don’t mention her rock-royalty connections.
Lara hasn’t been idle waiting for her “Idol” fate to be revealed, though.
Since auditioning last summer, Johnston — a music major at University of Southern California and a Dean’s List student every semester she’s been there, according to her online bio — has been playing gigs around campus, performing as recently as last Friday.
Johnston does not appear to have made it to the “Idol” Top 40 — she’s not on any of the Internet spoiler lists. But there are still some unclaimed spots in the Top 60 list — those who made it to the post-Hollywood Las Vegas rounds of auditions.
In 2008, at age 17, Johnston took fifth place in “Rock the Cradle,” a MTV reality show that pit the musically-talented offspring of famous musicians against each other.