Next 'American Idol' may be one of our own
By Scott Bigelow
Charly Lowry's performance
of "Proud Mary" earned her a spot among the 32 finalists in
Fox television's "American Idol."
Lowry will leave
on February 18 for Los Angeles and will perform on the February 24 edition
of the show at 8 p.m., Tuesday.
The daughter of
UNC Pembroke employee Delores Lowry, Charly Lowry is a part-time student
"At this point,
we hope America will call in and vote for her," Delores Lowry said.
"We are hoping for a lot of support from Pembroke too."
A recent winner
on "American Idol" received more than two million votes, according
"This has been
her dream for a long time," Delores Lowry said. "We're very
excited for her. It's like a dream come true."
her talents locally with performances in pageants, churches, schools
and plays. The versatile performer was Junior Miss Lumbee.
"She grew up
with the 'oldies,' and the first concert she attended was Martha Reeves
and the Vandellas at UNCP," her mother said. "She likes all
kinds of music, rap too."
Fox television has
created an Internet site for each of the 32 finalists. Lowry's site
may be viewed at: www.idolonfox.com/contestants/charly_lowry/.
The site contains a short biography and an interview.
Lowry was among
more than 70,000 people nationwide who tried out for a spot on the television
show designed to find America's next pop star.
were filmed in October 2003. Contestants wrote lyrics and composed music
for an original song. For another performance, they selected from song
titles provided by the judges.
A Pembroke native,
Lowry is on leave from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
where she is majoring in journalism and mass communications. Lowry is
taking courses in history and American Indian Studies at UNCP while
participating in "American Idol."
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