NOON –- From The Philter's Life During Wartime file, a TV show knockoff that may help some good folks get their minds off Iraq for a few minutes:
DATELINE: ALEXANDRIA, Va.Anyone got a song suggestion for the finalists? Something by Woody Guthrie, perhaps?
The U.S. Army issued the following press release:
By Tim Hipps
U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command Army Knowledge Online is your ticket to watch the competition and help select the second Military Idol.
Thirteen Soldiers are competing through Nov. 5 at Wallace Theater on Fort Belvoir, Va., for the title of Military Idol, a singing contest based on the premises of FOX Television's "American Idol." Details on how to watch the competition and vote for your favorite performer are available at www.militaryidol.com.
Finals week began Monday with two closed-set shows, taped for webcast via streaming video on AKO. The contestant field was trimmed from 13 to six during a cappella, first-round elimination performances…
The finals are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday. The winner will be determined by audience voting on AKO for two hours following the finals. A 30-minute reveal show is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, during which the 2006 Military Idol will be announced…
The 2006 Military Idol winner will receive $2,000, with $1,000 going to the runner-up and $500 for the third-place performer.
— Phil Harvey, Idol Editor, Light Reading