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We’re probably late to this because up-to-the-minute ‘American Idol’ news hasn’t been on our radar over the last 7-8 years. Then a Patriots cheerleader, Stephanie Petronelli, goes and blows away the Idol judges this week with a performance of some Grace Potter song.

You get the idea.

According to her bio on the Patriots cheerleader site, Petronelli, 22, goes to Bridgewater State University and has spent four years on the team’s cheerleading squad. Her career goal, posted well before the Idol audition, was to “work in public relations and to be a successful recording artist.”

Quick math tells us Steph has been a Patriots cheerleader since leaving high school. Just chasin’ her dreams.

This isn’t the first time a cheerleader/dancer has been on Idol. You might remember 2012 when we documented Brittany Kerr, a Charlotte Bobcats dancer, was on the show.

[Stephanie Petronelli - Facebook]

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