‘American Idol’ hopeful: Student who lost her sight wins golden ticket

What a difference a year makes.

Shayla Winn, a senior in Thomas Dale High School’s performing arts program, suddenly lost her sight last year.

Now, she’s preparing to audition for the “American Idol” singing competition in front of celebrity judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.

“When my mom told me I made it to the second round of auditions, I was like ‘Oh!’ ” the bubbly, outgoing 17-year-old said during a break in show choir practice at the Chesterfield County school.

“Then I started crying. Like the ugly Kim K. cry,” she joked.

Read the full story on the Richmond Times-Dispatch.