July 19, 2014 10:45:38 PM
Trying to earn a spot on Fox Network's "American Idol" comes a little closer to home for aspiring Golden Triangle area singers.
Season 14 auditions are underway around the country and will come to the Riley Center in Meridian Aug. 14. But first, hopeful contestants must submit an audio audition for consideration. The top 16 selected will sing for a panel of judges and a live audience in Meridian. One person will be chosen to go on to New Orleans to audition in an "American Idol" Judges Round Aug. 27.
FOX 30 WGBC-TV in Meridian will accept audio audition entries until Friday, Aug. 1. Contestants must be between 15 and 28. Proof of age is required to audition live. Submit audio auditions (a capella or with accompaniment) to FOX 30's Facebook page, or to WGBCTV.com, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The opportunity for FOX 30 to send someone with a guaranteed audition to 'American Idol' is extraordinary," said Mike Reed, FOX 30's's president and general manager. Someone will be given an opportunity of a lifetime ... going to a national open call with an audition pass is a tremendous asset for a singer. The person with this audition pass will walk past thousands of hopefuls standing in line for hours, sometimes days, and walk directly into an audition with the judges of the show."
Audition packets will be provided to the top 16 singers selected for the Aug. 14 Meridian event. Packets must be completed and returned with a head shot to WGBC before Aug. 8. The top 16 must be prepared to sing at least two songs of their choice.
Season 14 of "American Idol" brings Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. together again to judge contestants.
Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.