Before AMERICAN IDOL, Lee DeWyze worked as a paint store clerk in Mt. Prospect, IL. Kris Allen was a college student from Conway, AR. David Cook tended bar in Blue Springs, MO. Chris Daughtry was a service advisor at a car dealership in Greensboro, NC. Carrie Underwood lived on a farm in Checotah, OK. Jennifer Hudson was a cruise ship performer from Chicago, IL. Kelly Clarkson was a waitress from Dallas, TX. One audition changed the rest of their lives.
Once again, aspiring singers will have the incredible opportunity to audition in cities across the country to become the next AMERICAN IDOL as the No. 1 show on television begins auditions for its milestone 10th season on Saturday, July 17 in Nashville, TN. The search for the next singing superstar will continue in Milwaukee, WI, on Wednesday, July 21; New Orleans, LA, on Monday, July 26; East Rutherford, NJ, on Tuesday, Aug. 3; Austin, TX, on Wednesday, Aug. 11; and San Francisco, CA, on Thursday, Aug. 19.
In celebration of the momentous 10th anniversary and in an effort to continue to find the best undiscovered talent in the nation, AMERICAN IDOL is expanding the eligibility age range for the first time ever to include hopefuls from 15 to 28 years old. (The previous minimum age requirement was 16.)
âA lot of young, talented people are now seeking careers and representation before they turn 16,â said Cecile Frot-Coutaz, executive producer of AMERICAN IDOL. âLowering the age limit allows us to tap into this talent pool.â
Last year I was in LA for the American Idol Finale where I was hanging out with our very own Danny Gokey. Check out the video our time and LA and see what the red carpet looks like before ALL the stars show up. Who do you think will win tonight?
Tonight, Season Eight finalists Scott MacIntyre and Matt Giraud perform the Billy Joel classic hit âTell Her About Itâ and to find out which two guys and two girls will be eliminated as the Top 12 finalists are revealed on the live results show.
by Kidd & Elizabeth in the Morning,posted Feb 26 2010 6:30AM
Taylor Hicks stopped by to tell us all about his appearance in "Grease" at the Marcus Center this week.Â Find out more about the show here, and take a look at what Taylor had to say while he was in the Mix studios:
Taylor fills us in on what it's like being part of an iconic musical like "Grease"
So, how has stardom changed his personal life?
And does he still keep up with American Idol now that he's on the road?
Howard Stern is now talking about making the move from radio to TV as the judge who will replace Simon. Â He joked around about it on his show today and said "Yeah, I would do the show for $100 million."Â Â I think this would be BRILLIANT! (in the words of Simon Cowell)Â Â He says everything everyone else wishes they could say, which is the same reason we love Simon.Â Â Howard's contract with Sirius XM runs out at the end of the year.
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by Kidd & Elizabeth in the Morning,posted Feb 1 2010 4:16AM
Debunking the 'American Idol' audtion myths
MYTH: There are enough auditions to fill an entire stadium. REALITY: The average number of auditioners is 6,000 to 8,000.
MYTH: People wait in massive lines to audition. REALITY: Those massive lines are stock footage. Hopefuls wait in line to register and be screened and come back weeks later with a number if they make the cut to audition.
MYTH: The majority of the auditions are freaks and weirdos. REALITY: The freaks and weirdos just get more screen time. The majority are talented people.
MYTH: Many auditioners seem to pick the same song. REALITY: People who make the cut are instructed to download lyrics to a particular song and learn it. A coach runs them through it before auditions.
MYTH: The judges do all the judging. Â REALITY: Specially hired scouts and then producers screen all contestants before they ever set foot in front of the judges.
MYTH: The judges do the judging once the contestants are in the room. REALITY: Yes. But not totally. Between the screening round and the actual filmed auditions, producers coach the contestants about what songs to sing, how to behave, etc.
MYTH: The "bad" contestants really think they have a shot. REALITY: Nope. Producers tell everyone straight out, "some of you are here because you're good and some of you are here because you're bad."
MYTH: The auditions that get screen time are random. REALITY: Producers are already in Hollywood Week when the auditions air; therefore, auditions are edited with outcome in mind.
By Amy Angelowicz
They Got To Me...
The two guys from A Great Big World stopped by the Mix studios to sing their hit, "Say Something" and it happened...I cried.
If you have not listened to the song yet...well...I suggest you do, but don't cry :( These guys are very nice and I wish them nothing but success!
I recently spent some time a La Reve...want to see what I enjoyed?
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A-List: Best French Cuisine
12 News Contributor Kidd O'Shea stops by La Reve, 2012 A-List winner for the
Which One Is Your Favorite?
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Create a Pest Management Calendar
Is your mailbox filling with next year's calendars? Put them to use managing pests in the garden.
No, I'm not talking about smashing insects with the rolled up calendar. Instead, use them to develop a pest-monitoring calendar for next year.
Take a few minutes to review this year's garden journal. Look for notes on any pest problems you encountered. Make a note to watch for these pests in next year's calendar. This helps with early detection; a key to successful control.
Consider adding notes about the weather and control measures you tried that were effective. Try using preventative eco-friendly measures like barriers and traps to prevent problems. Covering your cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower before the cabbageworm moths are active allows you to prevent damage.
Setting out shallow cans of stale beer will help you minimize feeding damage by slugs and snails during wet weather.
A bit more information: No garden journal? This is a good opportunity to create one that includes your growing successes, failures as well as pest problems. Use a spiral notebook, three-ring binder or computer calendar or spreadsheet. Just make it easy and fun. That way you are sure to keep recording, referencing and putting your gardening experiences to work.
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