TMZ broke the news. Bailey, who is on a cruise ship with her family today and unavailable for a phone interview, texted me to confirm that TMZ's information was accurate. "I have been dreaming of this since I was a little girl," she texted me today. "I feel like my dreams are coming true. And it's because I believed."
Back in May, as a result of the billboard, Bailey quickly landed an audition with Perry and received a public statement from Perry himself, who implored others not to copy her strategy. Anybody can audition, he said, and a billboard isn’t necessary.