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Loretta Lynn’s Granddaughter Wows Judges On ‘American Idol’


Singer-songwriter Emmy Russell, the 24-year-old granddaughter of Loretta Lynn, made her debut on Sunday's episode of American Idol. When Lionel Richie noted that she seemed a bit timid, Russell explained that she wants to be recognized for her own talent, and not her family legacy. “I think there's a reason why I am a little timid, and I think it's because I wanna own my voice,” she reflected. “That's why I wanna challenge myself and come out here.”

The judges were moved by the piano ballad she performed, “Skinmy,” about her experience with an eating disorder. The judges voted unanimously to send Russell through to the next round in Hollywood.