Tuesday, January 24, 2012
All things being equal, would you be more likely to vote in government elections or reality talent contests?
Help us settle a bet: if it were as restrictive to vote for American Idol as it is for President of the United States, which do you think you and other Americans would be more likely to cast a ballot for? The topic came up between Patch local editors Andrew Dana Hudson and Alyssa Stahr at our weekly team meeting on Monday, on the eve of President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address. Stahr argued that Americans are more engaged in their favorite reality talent contests—American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, etc.—than in national politics, and pointed to numbers showing that more votes were cast over the course of the 2008 season of American Idol than in the 2008 presidential election. I countered that this was only because Idol …
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
After a seven-hour wait for a 30-second chance, they were shown the exit.
Two Webster Groves sisters got up before dawn Tuesday just to sit and wait seven hours for a 30-second shot at American Idol fame. But the answer was a gentle “no, not this time” for each of the girls once they finally got to the audition booth inside the Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis. “There was a person in a banana costume and she got in, which was kind of annoying,” said Hannah Lieb, 16, who along with her 20-year-old sister Jessica Lieb were among the reported 10,000 people hoping to impress the preliminary judges of the top TV amateur singing competition. Hannah, who will be a junior at Webster Groves High School this year, sang a snippet of “Feeling Good,” popularized by, among others, Nina Simone. Jessica, who attends St. …
While Miranda Hall didn't make the cut, she said it was the experience of a lifetime.
Miranda Hall won't be the nation's next American Idol—at least not this year anyway. The soon-to-be senior at Mehlville High School auditioned for the show Tuesday at Scottrade Center along with thousands of other hopeful vocalists. St. Louis was the first stop for the hit TV show's search for America's next superstar. "It was hectic, but a lot of fun," she said. "The experience was great. I'll never forget it." Miranda, 17, said she was seated in one of the first sections that were called to audition. There were 10 booths set up, each containing two show producers, she said. Four singers were assigned to each booth. "You weren't allowed to say your name, say hi or talk to the judges at all," Miranda said. She sang "Feels Like Home" by …
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
St. Louis auditions start with lines of 10,000 people, Ryan Seacrest says—and it only takes one good one.
Singing their hearts out for a shot at an American Idol performance is how they say they'll do it. Listen to a few here, belting it out on the street while waiting in line. Click on the arrow on top of the photo.
If you registered, your Idol life begins at 5am.
American Idol auditions in St. Louis start today, June 28, at 5am. St. Louis is the first stop on the 11th season auditions for the singing talent competition reality show for hopefuls aged 15 - 28 years old. Singer Carrie Underwood auditioned from St. Louis in the 4th season ofAmerican Idol and has gone on to a degree of fame from competing on the hit TV show. David Cook, a winner in the 7th season of the show is from Missouri. The process of winning an American Idol audition this month: Auditions will be in six more cities after St. Louis: More information: americanidol.com
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Bo Bice lends a hand for Sunset Hills tornado recovery fundraising, beginning at 4 p.m.
Bo Bice of American Idol fame (runner up to Carrie Underwood) is set to perform Sunday at Helen Fitzgerald's in Sunset Hills, beginning at 4 p.m. His concert is part of a fundraising effort for the city's Tornado Assistance Fund started by Sunset Hills's city government. Nearly $225,000 has been raised and more than half already distributed to about a dozen or more families who lost homes and possessions in a New Year's Eve tornado that rocked the area. Bice was at the top end of the age limit for competing in American Idol when he won his way through the 2005 season to finish runner up to Carrie Underwood. The Southern rocker's 2005 version of Inside Your Heaven turned Gold, replacing Underwood's version on the charts, according to …