July 11, 2006

Well, whaddya know.

"Idol" coming to Birmingham for auditions

For the first time in its six-year history, “American Idol” will hold auditions in Birmingham.

An Aug. 21 stop at the BJCC Arena is one of seven that “Idol” will make prior to next season.

“Because that’s where so many of our our Idols have come from, that’s a must,” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told USA Today. The reigning Idol, Taylor Hicks, is from Birmingham, as are season 2 winner Ruben Studdard and Season 4 runner-up Bo Bice.

Producers expect up to 100,000 auditioning in each of the cities. Here’s the list: Los Angeles (Aug. 8), San Antonio (Aug. 11), East Rutherford, N.J. (Aug. 14), Birmingham (Aug. 21), Memphis (Sept. 3), Minneapolis (Sept. 8) and Seattle (Sept. 19). [...]

Local viewers will almost certainly be treated to breathless, 24 hour coverage from our local FOX affiliate.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

I really have to believe, though, that the producers are going to do their best to weed out anyone with Alabama ties this time around

Posted by Terry Oglesby at July 11, 2006 11:17 AM

Oh, I'm sure they'll look for a few "prototype rednecks" for the blue-staters to enjoy (probably covering some bad Lynyrd Skynyrd song). Maybe this time they won't find anymore women wearing miniskirts and high-kicking in front of the camera, as well as being potty-mouthed and rude.

AND BY THE WAY, belated happy birthday! Hope Miss Reba treated you extry special, even more than usual. I did not notice a follow-up post to the results of the spicy-food craving indulgence, so possibly the public-at-large was safe from any "repercussions".

Posted by: Marc V at July 11, 2006 12:21 PM

Well, aside from the wind being a bit hotter than usual...

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at July 11, 2006 01:09 PM