There was a rush of Iowa pride for those watching American Idol Thursday night.
Ankeny's Maddie Walker advanced to the next round.
The Centennial High School sophomore already knew how she had done, but under the rules wasn’t allowed to say anything about her performance.
She says that's one of the hardest parts about being involved with the show.
“It`s hard because you know so much and you want to say `oh my gosh, it`s so exciting!’ but you have to wait and let everyone else be excited when it`s the right time,” Maddie told Channel 13.
Maddie is back at school in Ankeny where she is not a part of the Centennial choir. She says she would be open to an invitation from the choir director.