Memphis, Tennessee – Monday, September 5, 2005 at the FedEx Forum is supposed to be the date and place to be if you think you got what it takes to be the next American Idol and follow in the footsteps of Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Burino, and Carrie Underwood. Or maybe just have the chance at 1st, 2nd or 3rd place fame like the performers Idol refers to simply as ‘The Best of the Rest’ such as Clay Aiken, Justin Guarini, Bo Bice or the Idol known only by her first name, yes, we’re talking about Memphis’ own Trenyce. Auditions will take place all day and it is sure to bring out the talent and the non-talent alike as we have all become accustom to seeing on the popular television show hosted by Ryan Seacrest with star judges Paula Abdul, Simone Cowell and Randy Jackson.
We all know that America Idol is suppose be about a person who we see as a role model and not only as a musician, but a real, true, and down-to-earth person. When looking back from the first through the fourth seasons you could say that only one or two fits that bill. First season was Kelly Clarkson, the country pop princess; second season was Ruben bringing his ever so vibrant R&B style; third season, we had Fantasia Burino, a true sister of soul; and fourth season was Carrie Underwood our little country girl. Now with the 5th season approaching, it’s time for the talented to come out and stop worrying about going straight to the record deal, but