American Idol's roots run deep in the Carolinas


For someone in our area, the start of a dream may just be hours away.

Tomorrow in Cape Carteret, NewsChannel 12 is partnering with MacDaddy;s to host ENC Idol -- local auditions for a chance to win a "front of the line pass" to auditions for the show later on in Charlotte.

Starting with registration at 10 a.m., up to 300 people will have the chance to audition in front of guest judges, including country music recording artist Bryan Mayer. Of those who try out between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., only five will win that coveted "front of the line pass."

There's a lot of history between North Carolina and American Idol.

Big names like Scotty McCreery, Clay Aiken and Kelly Pickler all hail from the Tar Heel State.

"The Carolinas have done us proud," longtime judge Randy Jackson said. "I mean from Clay to Fantasia, Daughtry, Buckey, I mean my God, you could say that the Carolinas is synonymous with Idol."

Sixteen season of the show have produced six top-10 finalists and three winners so far from North Carolina.

Clay Aiken started that trend with his runner-up performance in season 2 -- setting the bar for Tar Heels to come.

R&B singer Fantasia won it all in season 3.

But one of the biggest years for North Carolina came in season five -- which aired in 2006. Three people from the state -- Buckey Covington, Kelly Pickler and Chris Daughtry -- all finished in the top 10.

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