Former ‘American Idol’ singer Janelle Arthur duets with Dolly Parton

When Janelle Arthur, a former Top 5 contestant on “American Idol” in 2013, thinks about the start of her singing career, another East Tennessean comes to mind – the one and only Dolly Parton. 

“The fact that Dolly is who she is, that she exists in the world, that she chased her dream and has become this megastar – if she hadn’t done that, I may not have even gotten my first job singing,” Arthur said.

At the age of 8, the Oliver Springs native portrayed Parton in “Paradise Road,” a show at Dollywood about Parton’s humble beginnings in the hills of East Tennessee. Following her first role, Arthur landed jobs in Pigeon Forge and, eventually, became a contestant on season 12 of “American Idol,” where she finished in 5th place.

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