Singing hopefuls flock to Tampa Bay Idol

When 15-year-old Julia Toussaint learned American Idol auditions were coming to Wesley Chapel, she couldn’t pass up the chance at stardom. “I told my voice teacher, ‘We have to do it,’” said Toussaint, a sophomore at Tarpon Springs High School. Toussaint, who began singing as a 5-year-old, was one of 400 preregistered contestants selected for “Tampa Bay Idol” auditions, held Aug.12 at … [Read more...]

Searching for a superstar in Tampa Bay

American Idol is a cultural phenomenon. The reality television show is known for launching major singing careers for Idol winners, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. And, even reaching the top 10 can be life-changing. Jennifer Hudson, for instance, finished seventh in 2004, but went on to win an Oscar for the movie musical, “Dream Girls,” and remains a superstar. So, future singing … [Read more...]