Vail Idol spinning fame on wheels |

Vail Idol spinning fame on wheels

Wren Wertin

Star quality?

what: Vail Idol tryouts via taped demo

deadline: Wednesday, 3 p.m.

where: Vail Daily, Eagle-Vail

For info: Call Matt Stein at 949-0555 ext. 456

Feel like being idolized?

Float your way through Vail on the Vail Daily’s bandwagon: Vail Idol. In a blatant nod to the enormously popular “American Idol” television series, the Daily’s Independence Day parade float will feature 10 to 12 gutsy folks periodically bursting into song as they vie for the cash purse and other winner’s trimmings. Hopefuls (age 13 or older) need to apply with a taped demo at the Vail Daily by Wednesday at 3 p.m.

The theme for the parade is “Proud To Be an American.”

“On this year’s “American Idol,’ one of the theme songs was “God Bless the U.S.A.’ by Lee Greenwood,” said Mark Bricklin, marketing guy for the Vail Daily and shameless “American Idol” fan. “One of the primary refrains in that song is “Proud to be an American.’ So we thought it was a natural fit.”

Winners will lay claim to $500 cash.

“We thought that it was just the right amount of money,” said Bricklin, “for someone to get up in front of 10,000 people or more and sing the same song over and over and over and over again throughout the parade route.”

Other prizes include a live TV8 appearance, a live KZYR radio performance, an opening spot during a Ford Amphitheater concert, a limo ride and a bit of wining and dining.

“We want to pamper the Vail idol,” cooed Bricklin. “Who knows, it could be a launching pad for a new or auxiliary career.”

Contestants will sing songs that feature the American spirit. They can be traditional like “God Bless America,” retro like “Surfin’ U.S.A.” or poppy like “Pink Houses.” And not only will they perform, they’ll be subjected to the Daily’s version of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, for better or worse. Snide comments and doting enthusiasm will be doled out for all to hear.

In a departure from the TV version, the winner will be chosen by the judges. They can be influenced by the crowd’s applause or heckling – though ultimately there’s not accounting for taste.

Those looking for a free studio in which to make a tape can contact KZYR, the very same studio Sheryl Crow has recorded in, mere months before she hit it big.

Reuben Studdard, Clay Aiken and Kelly Clarkson need not apply.

Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at or phone at 949-0555, ext. 618.

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