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D.C. Everest grad sings in Army version of "American Idol"

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A D.C. Everest graduate is making a big splash on the stage.

Christina Lewis is competing in what's basically "American Idol" for the Army. She is one of six singers remaining on "Operation Rising Star."

She hopes with enough votes, she'll be one of three.

The singing competition features military family members from across the world. It's taped in Texas. Newsline 9 talked with Lewis by phone in between rehearsals.

"Singing has always been really important to me in my life," said Lewis.

It all started when she sent in an audition tape for this program and got in.

"It's really, really exciting and educational," said Lewis. "I was really expecting to come in and not get along with somebody, but everyone here is incredible."

Lewis, who graduated from D.C. Everest High School in 2006, is the mother of two children. Her family is stationed in Germany while her husband is in the Army. Needless to say, this endeavor has taken a lot of time.

"We're with each other every waking minute of the day rehearsing, so we've had to work on group numbers and we've had to work on our individual numbers," said Lewis. "We've had to do photo shoots and interviews and all kinds of choreography."

But the experience, she says, has been unbelievable, and it's made her a stronger person.

"I feel like it's OK to believe in myself a lot more after being in this competition," said Lewis.

You can vote for Christina Lewis until 6:00 a.m. Wednesday. To do that, click here. You can watch the show here. We'll find out Thursday if Lewis advances in the competition.

The winner gets $1,000 and a chance to record a three-song CD. Second and third place winners also receive a cash prize.

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