Thursday, March 16, 2006

‘Idol’ Singers Not Idle Before Tryouts

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Five seasons of American Idol has convinced wannabe contestants not to be idle before the auditions.

And that’s beautiful music to the ears of Debra Byrd, who has been the vocal coach throughout the entire run.

Byrd says during the first show, practically no contestants had previous voice training, but now she’s seeing people who get vocal training once they decide to try out for the show.

Obviously, that makes Byrd’s job easier, but she says there is still plenty for her to teach the folks who make the finals.

As she puts it, “Not all of the singers are familiar with the TV medium. During the first phase, there’s a smaller set so I encourage the singers to perform for the camera.”

However, now that the show has moved to the larger set, she says the cameras are further away and the singers have to “perform for the room.”

Byrd doesn’t know who will be declared American Idol but she promises that even contestants who don’t go the distance could still be successful such as season 3 finalist Jennifer Hudson, who lost to Fantasia Barrino on the show but beat her out for a plum role in the film version of Dreamgirls.

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