'Military Idol' Opens Competition for Military Vocalists
By Tim Hipps
Special to American Forces Press Service
ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 6, 2005 So you think you've got what it takes to be the next Carrie Underwood or Bo Bice? Perhaps you fancy yourself more along the lines of Fantasia or Ruben Studdard. "Military Idol" will give military members a chance to sing their songs like their American Idol predecessors on 34 Army installations around the world this summer.
Performers have until July 22 to get involved in the competition based on the principles of Fox television's "American Idol" show. Local Military Idol competition will begin Aug. 1 and continue through Sept. 30. The finals week is set for Oct. 17 through 22, when local winners will compete at Alexander Hall on Fort Gordon, Ga.
Could you be the first Military Idol? Eligible contestants must be on active duty military status assigned to the local hosting installation, including members of all branches of service assigned on the installation. Active duty soldiers not assigned to the installation where they will compete also are eligible, but they must provide their own transportation.
Only vocalists need apply -- there's no place in this contest for musicians, comedians, dancers, jugglers, etc.
Installation-level prizes include $500 and temporary duty costs covered to compete in the Armywide finals for the first-place winner, along with $500 in unit funds. Second-place performers will receive $500, and third-place performers will receive $250.
The Pentagon Channel will air a 90-minute live broadcast of the Military Idol finals.
Here's a list of the local installations where Military Idol will be contested: Fort Myer, Va.; Fort McCoy, Wis.; Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Lewis, Wash.; Fort Lee, Va.; Fort Eustis, Va.; Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Fort Sill, Okla.; Fort Irwin, Calif.; Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; Fort Jackson, S.C.; Fort Knox, Ky.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Gordon, Ga.; Fort Rucker, Ala.; Hohenfels, Wurzburg, Baumholder, Heidelberg, Weisbaden, Bamberg, Hanau, Ansbach and Darmstadt, Germany; Belgium; Camp Casey, Camp Walker, Yongsan, and Camp Humphreys, Korea; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Fort Richardson, Alaska; and Camp Zama, Japan.
Complete rules of the contest are available online at the competition's Web Site.
(Tim Hipps is assigned to the U.S. Army Community & Family Support Center.)