WATCH: Oak Hill woman receives golden ticket at American Idol audition


Payton Ramsey is used to auditioning for some of the top singing competitions on television.

“I actually auditioned for American Idol back in 2011, and auditioned for The Voice a couple years ago.”

Now 22, Ramsey had never made it as far as she did when she auditioned for American Idol in Charleston.

Newswatch reporter Dylan Fearon shows us how Ramsey was given a golden ticket, but then sent home empty-handed.

Dylan Fearon

Dylan Fearon is a dedicated award-winning journalist who has been reporting news and sports since he was a 14-year-old rookie for his hometown paper. Dylan was raised in Tenafly, New Jersey. He graduated from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut with BA in journalism and a Master’s degree in sports journalism. He was an anchor, analyst, and reporter at Q30, the 2014 College Television Station of the Year. Along the way, he interned at the syndicated newsmagazine, Inside Edition and at the cable news station, News 12 New Jersey. He is an avid distance runner and was captain of his college and high school cross-country teams. Dylan is enthusiastic about offering WOAY viewers the news they need and experiencing everything his new home in West Virginia has to offer. You can follow Dylan on Twitter at @dylanfearon_ and if you have any stories for him, you can contact him at