Marian Merriweather, 33, belts through Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady." "It's been a long journey," she says. "I'm from Philadelphia. I came for the auditions in September. In the midst of that, I lost a lot of people. I came up for funerals and then, it just so happens, I head about the audition. And I auditioned just to take a chance, and I'm here."