Jason Aldean’s wife Brittany (Kerr) Aldean auditioned for season 11 of American Idol back in 2012.
Brittany, who was also an NBA cheerleader for the Charlotte Bobcats, performed a cover of Joss Stone’s song “Spoiled” during her audition for then-judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson.
Tyler remarked that Brittany had a “yes” vote from him before she even started singing, while Jackson said, “that did it for me” after listening to her sing a few bars of the song. Lopez, however, was not so easily convinced, eventually giving Brittany a “no” when it came time to vote.
“I like it. I like your melody, you’re on pitch, and you’re good-looking, you just gotta push it out a little bit more,” Tyler told Brittany before telling her she needed to “project” a bit more vocally.
“I think there’s something there, I think she can develop,” Jackson agreed.
With two “yes” votes from Tyler and Jackson, Brittany advanced to the next round of the competition and made it to Hollywood.
Lopez later explained the reasoning behind her “no” vote, predicting that Brittany wouldn’t “survive a week.” And while Brittany made it to Hollywood, she was eliminated from the competition shortly after that.
Brittany did walk away from her short-lived Idol experience with something else, though.
Brittany met her now-husband, Aldean following her Idol stint. The pair came under fire for engaging in a public display of affection at a Hollywood bar while Aldean was still married to his high school sweetheart and first wife, Jessica Ussery. Aldean and Brittany apologized and he tried to patch up his marriage with Ussery before they split in 2013.
Aldean later married Brittany in 2015. The pair share two children, son, Memphis, and daughter, Navy.
Despite not making it that far on Idol, Brittany still loves to sing. Brittany performed a duet of Blake Shelton’s “Lonely Tonight” with her country music star husband during karaoke at the Graduates’ Cross-Eyed Critters animatronic karaoke bar back in 2021.
Aldean also sang his wife’s praises when asked if the pair would ever record a duet together and he said that he, might in fact, be up for it because Brittany is a “really great singer.”