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American Idol (Experience)

American Idol

In case you all didn’t know, I’m a huge American Idol fan!  I’ve watched it since the very beginning, and can even call a couple of “Idols” my personal friends; not like bffs, but if I saw them in public, they would say, “What’s up, girl?”

So, last week I went to Disney World on vacation with my husband, Jake’s, family. We woke up Monday morning; I threw on some sweat pants, put my hair in two ponytails, covered that with an Old Navy cap, and coated my face in spf 30 sunscreen.  I had no idea that when we got to Hollywood Studios my sister-in-law would announce that I was trying out for the American Idol Experience.  So, dressed like a hobo, I auditioned, really, because she made me.

I have to admit, it was really fun!  First I sang a capella for one guy. I chose “Open Arms” by Journey.  I “made it through” to the next round and got to choose 2 songs from a list of 120. These would be performed for 2 producers who would decide if I made it through to “Hollywood”.  I chose “Alone” by Heart and “RESPECT” by Aretha.  After I sang both, they decided I would go through. Little did I know, that meant acting like a crazy person in a video that would be publicly displayed at my concert and on the huge screens outside the concert hall for all the on lookers to see.  They had me dance crazy, pull a Golden Ticket from a sign, jump up and down screaming, “I made to Hollywood”, and a few other goofy things.  Then they made an insane video out of it and played it right before I sang.  I had a profound realization that night: I am a huge dork!

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So, my first concert consisted of 2 other contestants.  They gave us a make-up artist and time with a vocal coach.  We also got a dress rehearsal.  I had a blast! I did notice though, that while myself and one girl were hanging out and having fun, the third contestant was in it to win it.  She took it very seriously and I don’t think she appreciated that we didn’t.  They warned us that the judges were just like the ones on tv, so the guy who was like Simon would purposely go for the boos, and not to take to heart anything he said, but thankfully, he was nice to me.

So, I actually won that first concert and moved to the final round where I found out I was up against 6 other singers who had won their first competition that day.  Again, I sang “Alone” and again, there were a couple of girls that were there to take home the prize.  The second show, they didn’t show my crazy video, but they did want to interview me.  Before I even entered the contest that day I disclosed what I do for a living, and that I was a signed artist, and they were totally cool with it.  They said it was all for fun. But they didn’t want to talk about it on stage, so they talked about how I work for an insurance company on the side, and how I’m obsessed with office supplies; again, HUGE dork!

But dork or not, people were awesome and they voted for me.  After all the performances, every audience member got to vote for the winner and I won.  I wish there was a better way to say it that doesn’t make me sound like a jerk…  Anyways, I’m SO excited about the prize I won.

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The reason those other girls wanted to win so bad, is because the prize is a Golden Ticket that the winner can use to go to any American Idol audition in the country and cut to the front of the line! That means no camping out, or sleeping on sidewalks; they can walk right in and audition.  The coolest thing about it is that since I don’t qualify, because I’m too old and a signed artist, I can give it to anyone I want.  I’m so excited to be able to gift someone with that ticket.

Overall, it was a super fun experience, but I have to be honest…it didn’t compare to being in Selah.  People kept asking me how it felt to be on that stage, and I hated to tell them, that it felt a little empty.  My hubby and his family were so proud, they cheered me on.  Random strangers stopped me afterwards to congratulate me.  People were chanting my name as I entered the stage, and all I could think was, “This is nothing compared to what I get to do for a living.”

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking mainstream music. I have many friends who have chosen that path and are smack dab in the center of God’s will for their life.  This experience just reminded me that I am too.  I feel like Selah is everything I never dared to dream for myself.  Ministering with Todd and Allan has literally been the highlight of my life.  They are two of the most Godly, honest, amazing men I’ve ever known (next to my husband, of course), they live what they preach, and truly honor God with their lives.  It is a privilege to call myself a member of Selah.

Thanks guys for making me feel like your little sister!  I love you both so much!

amy

7 Responses to “American Idol (Experience)”

  1. Patrick says:

    Amy

    Yeah I really like American idol also. I followed it just like you have. Selah has had a profound effect on many lives. Where mainstream music is sometimes fun to listen to, it offers nothing in comparison to the music of Selah. When I found you music it inspired me to make your music part of my church solo’s. Even though your have never been to my church your music is still blessing many people as well as myself. Thank you for your inspiration.

    PS. I am taking my family to Disney World the first of April. yikes!!

    Patrick

  2. sara says:

    Amy,

    I attended my first Selah concert last week in binghamton ny and i have to say it was amazeing.American idol is a great opportunity but your calling is so much deeper than just singing. When i watched you perform you can just see your passion and your love to spreading the word of god. Selah has inspired many and i thank you for inspiring me. looking foward to see you again sara

  3. Tonya Ingram says:

    Amy, I can’t say that I’ve ever or will ever had the American Idol experience, or anything remotely close. But the whole thing about about being a part of Selah is everything you never dared to dream is beautiful. I am on the receiving end of what you guys do and absolutely love you! I have fallen in love with “Unredeemed”. I play it over and over and over and over, lol. Huge FAN of you all. Even a follower of Angie’s on her blog. Keep God first and continue to be a blessing to us while we are here on this Earth.

  4. Sheri says:

    Amy,

    It was a pleasure to meet all of you at St. Matthew’s church in Glendale Heights, IL last night (4/09/2010). Thank you for inviting my grandsons, Westyn and Austyn, to sing on stage with you. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire evening. Thank you for sharing your gift of music with us. Your dialogue about how Jake entered your life and the rest of your story was truly a blessing to me. Thank you for sharing. I know how difficult it is to share some of the most personal and hurtful parts of our lives with others. We serve an awesome God and I loved hearing your testimony about how He blessed you.

    I want to thank all of you for a blessed evening filled with beautiful songs of praise.

    I have photos of Westyn and Austyn singing with you if you are interested.

    Blessings,

    Sheri P

  5. Michelle says:

    LOL!!! Amy, that is hysterical! You go girl 🙂

  6. I really loved the final 5 American idol group song last night. It was a pity to see Aaron Kelly got rid of however I do think the other contestants were better so he had to go!

  7. loretta says:

    Hi there! This post couldn’t be written much better!
    Going through this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He constantly kept preaching about this. I’ll forward this article to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a good read. I appreciate you for
    sharing!

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