Pine Belt Idol's TOP 23 Announced!

MyFox23 Announces

Season 15 of American Idol auditions are underway and FOX 23 is giving one lucky winner a Silver Ticket to the Judge's Round. Hopeful contestants submitted hundreds of auditions, and the top 23 have been chosen. The finalists will now compete LIVE Tuesday, August 11th at the Forrest County Multipurpose Center, where they have an opportunity to sing in front of a panel of judges and a live audience for a chance to go to Litte Rock, AR, and audition at the Judges Round for American Idol! In addition, the winner will recieve a "meet and greet" with the Idol judges!

The top 23 contestants will sing at least one song of their choice in front of the judges and audience live. Judges' scores will be tallied after each performance, and the top 3 will be called back on stage to preform a second song to determine a winner. Judges will also award a 1st and 2nd alternate positions.

This year's Pine Belt Idol TOP 23 contestants:

Austin Smith - Poplarville, MS

Hunter Mason - Laurel, MS

Benjamin Gaddis - Sumrall, MS

Chelsea Cooper - Ellisville, MS

Jonathan Norman - Laurel, MS

Danielle Nichols - Ellisville, MS

DeJuan Sam - Stateline, MS

Taylor Bird - Ovette, MS

Boyce McDaniel - Hattiesburg, MS

Allie Williams - Southern Miss

Brittani Tew - Laurel, MS

Roshanda Allen - Southern Miss

Katelyn Farris - William Carey

Mallory Broadus - Thomasville, AL

Alex Landrum - JCJC

Allison Porter - Hattiesburg, MS

Caroline Romano - Hattiesburg, MS

Kimberly Page - Ellisville, MS

Telvin Lewis - Meridian, MS

Savannah Holman - West Marion

Brandon Miller - Hattiesburg, MS

Matt Strickland - Petal, MS

Eric Welford - Lucedale, MS

Tickets for the event are free to the public and can be picked up at the following locations:

Apothecary Boutique Collections

American Salvage & Outdoor Power

Mack Grubbs Motor Company

Hub City West Farm & Garden

Salon Bar Hair Lounge

Lorrie's Furniture

Luter's Supply

*You must have a ticket to enter the event


"The opportunity for FOX 23 to send someone with a GUARANTEED audition to American Idol is extraordinary!" stated Jon Pollard, FOX 23's General Manager. "Going to the last year of American Idol's Judges Round with an audition pass is a tremendous asset for a singer. The person with this audition pass will walk directly in to an audition with the producers of the show as well as get a chance to meet the judges."

Season 15 of American Idol brings Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. together to judge contestants and Ryan Seacrest continues to host the show for his 15th season. For more information about American Idol, visit

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