Registration Begins for Second Military Idol Competition
By Tim Hipps
Special to American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2006 Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines can now register for a shot at becoming the second Military Idol.
2005 Military Idol winner Sgt. William Glenn (center), an Alabama National Guardsman then stationed in Darmstadt, Germany, receives the winning check from Sgt. Maj. Willie Wilson of the Army Community and Family Support Center while emcee Leeann Tweeden and competitors watch.
Photo by Kristy Davies
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The Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation program is based on the premises of Fox's "American Idol."
Contestants - whether they're from an active, Guard or Reserve component - must be on active-duty military status and assigned to the hosting installation. There is an exception for soldiers not assigned to the installation, but they must provide their own transportation.
Competition will run Aug. 1 through Sept. 30 on 33 Army installations and camps in the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Belgium, Germany and Korea. Local winners will qualify for a chance to advance to the Armywide finals Oct. 28 through Nov. 6 on Fort Belvoir, Va.
Check with your local installation for a schedule of the Military Idol competition near you.
Application forms and contest rules are available on the Internet at www.militaryidol.com. Applications must be submitted to local MWR offices on hosting installations. Only vocalists need apply - the contest is closed to musicians, comedians, dancers, poets, etc. Installation-level prizes include $500 to the winner and a chance to be among the dozen who will compete during finals week at Fort Belvoir, along with $500 for the winner's unit funds. Local runners-up will receive $250 and third-place performers will get $100.
The Military Idol grand prize is $2,000 for the winner with $1,000 for second place and $500 for third.
Sgt. William Glenn, an Alabama National Guardsman was the first Military Idol when he was stationed in Darmstadt, Germany. Now in medical hold on Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., recovering from a spider bite, he plans to turn over the crown to the second annual Military Idol winner.
"One thing they can't ever take away, and I mean this from the bottom of my heart: I'm honored to be the very first Military Idol," said Glenn, a military policeman. "Whether my face ever hits another newspaper or whatever, I have that honor. That's a proud accomplishment."
Glenn offers advice to Military Idol competitors. "Have yourself well-prepared when you get ready to come to the competition," he said. "Even if it's on the installation level, try to get your music prepared and have a good time and have fun.
"If you are the installation winner and you have to go to the finals, make sure all your music and everything you need you have instead of trying to scrounge for it at the last minute," he said. "And get a lot of good practice time and be comfortable with the song you're singing.
"Find your favorite song, something you do very well with, not just a popular song."
The 2006 Military Idol contest is sponsored by Armed Forces Vacation Club.
(Tim Hipps works for the Army Community and Family Support Center Public Affairs Office.)