Hoop Star Ayla Brown Loves Singing, Spotlight

Former Idol hopeful thinks dad's Senate win will reignite singing career
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2010 11:26 AM CST
Ayla Brown celebrates dad's Senate special-election victory in Boston Tuesday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Ayla Brown has mostly concentrated on college and basketball since flaming out on American Idol in 2006, but she may be getting another shot at a singing career thanks to her senator-elect dad. “We’ve been getting some incredible opportunities,” Scott Brown's elder daughter tells the Boston Globe. “I never really had that opportunity after Idol because I wasn’t a top finalist, so now it’s all coming around again.” And she's more than ready.

“I like the spotlight,” Brown tells Dan Shaughnessy, whether on the basketball court or belting out the anthem at a Celtics game—though that gig evaporated when co-owner Steve Pagliuca entered the Democratic Senate primary. That’s “kind of disheartening,” she says. What’s the worse thing about the attention? Yes, being described as "available" by her dad. “I’ve gotten bombarded with messages and requests from random men,” she says. “No. No. That’s unacceptable.”

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