The excitement of the new American Idol season goes beyond Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban. Stephanie Marie Hanvey of Howell is trying to be the next American Idol.

On the heals of the amazing performances of Jacquie Lee and her amazing success on The Voice, Monmouth County is getting ready to support another homegrown star who has her sights set on a career in the music business.

Stephanie is a student at Howell High School and has been singing since she was 9  years old. She joined us on the morning show today to give us a little insight into her experience so far on Idol and her goals and dreams.

Let's all support Stephanie any way we can. Maybe we can help her be the next American Idol. Hopefully we can check her out on tomorrow night's season debut of American Idol.

Find out more about Stephanie at her website. You can download her song On A Prayer right now on iTunes.