Texas, the Lone Star state, is no stranger to American Idol, and this year Texans have a 1 in 4 chance of winning American Idol now that Christopher Golightly has been eliminated from competition and replaced with Tim Urban from Duncanville, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, TX. (click here for the story)
No other state has as many contestants as Texas: 6 of the top 24, which is the equivalent of 25%. California and Illinois each have 3; Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Florida each have 2; New York, Connecticut, Ohio, and Iowa each have 1.
Out of those six from Texas, four are from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, or 1/6 of the American Idol hopefuls. This is significant because Kelly Clarkson, the first and arguably most successful American Idol winner, hales from Burleson, TX just south of Fort Worth.
( Poll: Carrie Underwood vs. Kelly Clarkson, who is the greater American Idol? )
Here is the list of Texans in competition for this year’s crown.
Lacey Brown, 24, of Amarillo, TX
Todrick Hall, 24, of Arlington, TX
Tim Urban, 20, of Duncanville, TX
Casey James, 27, of Fort Worth, TX
Paige Miles, 24, of Houston, TX
Alex Lambert, 19, of North Richland Hills, TX
The cut off age is 28 for American Idol contestants, who can come from any of the 50 states, although tryouts are in select cities in only a few of the United States. Nevertheless, contestants continue to drive and fly with fame and fortune in their eyes, to each location where thousands, if not tens of thousands, of auditions are held in front of the American Idol judges.
This year’s Texas location was at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington TX, where Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi, along with guest judges Neil Patrick Harris and Joe Jonas selected the young men and women who would receive a “golden ticket” advancing each of them to the Hollywood round.
Joe, one of the three Jonas Brothers, may have had a short drive ever since the famous musical trio purchased a home in nearby Westlake, TX; home to other celebrities such as fomer Dallas Cowboy quarterback Troy Aikman.
The Jonas brothers, Kelly Clarkson, and Carrie Underwood are all known for not being afraid or ashamed to let people know that their Christian faith is an important part of who they are. As mentioned in a previous article, at least 5 of the 8 American Idol Winners are openly professing Christians. Will 2010’s winner be a fellow believer? Tune into FOX Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights to watch it all unfold.