Bama Idol to begin hosting preliminary auditions Monday



The Crimson Source, a division of the Housing and Residential Communities, is setting out to find this year’s Bama Idol and will start the search with the preliminary audition round, which begins Feb. 18 and continues until the end of the month.

Any UA student may audition for Bama Idol. Singers should bring a 30 second selection of an a cappella song and will sing for Crimson Source Programming Assistants at these initial auditions. Here, singers can expect to hear feedback regarding their overall presentations and performances.

This will be the third Bama Idol competition the Crimson Source has hosted. Like its namesake “American Idol,” Bama Idol has an audition round and a large final performance round.

“The names of judges for the finale will be announced as auditions progress,” said Chelsea Primm, co-chairwoman of Bama Idol. Primm, a junior majoring in International Studies and French, along with her fellow co-chairwoman, is responsible for handling all the behind-the-scenes action of the competition.

“My personal involvement with Bama Idol is serving as a co-chair[woman] alongside Symone Johnson in order to plan, organize, and coordinate the overall Bama Idol event. I currently serve as a programming assistant at Presidential,” Primm said.

In the last three years, Bama Idol has seen between 50 to 200 auditions per year.

Amber Hersh, a junior majoring in business management and marketing, has participated in several auditions for Bama Idol. Hersh has competed in the competition since its debut and was a finalist last year.

“I have competed in Bama Idol since my freshman year,” Hersh said. “I love music and Bama Idol has given me the opportunity do what I love, which is sing. It was an awesome experience and I’d definitely encourage anyone who has been thinking about auditioning to get out there and do it.”

Bama Idol welcomes singers of all performance levels. The finale is in front of a live audience, offering a true ‘Idol’ experience to finalists.

“This is an awesome way for musicians to gain experience in front of a live audience,” Hersh said. “Additionally, it’s an opportunity to showcase your voice and promote your music. Whether you’re a serious musician who performs regularly, or a pre-’American Idol’ Carrie Underwood who hasn’t had as much public exposure, Bama Idol is for you.”

After the initial auditions, eight finalists will be chosen to compete in the Bama Idol finale on March 13 at 8 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Theatre. There, judges will give their opinions on their performances. Ultimately, the winner of Bama Idol will be awarded a new iPad. For more information, contact bamaidol@gmail.com.

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