Wednesday, May 11, 2005
7 News Features: South Florida Search
It pains us to say it but competing on American Idol's not for everybody. Instead, some singers would prefer pursuing their dream in private going from audition to audition. In tonight's special assignment report, we were given exclusive access into how this process works. Why some people make the cut, while others get cut. Here's 7's Lynn Martinez with more.
WSVN -- You know when the producers of Backstreet Boys and NSYNC start a band, it's bound to be big. Their newest project - a five-member all-male Latin group. So far, the guys have held tryouts in Orlando and New York, but now, they're starting their first South Florida search.
Boy Band Members: "I'm Josh," "I'm David," "I'm Raul and were C-Note."
Get your first look at what could be the newest, hottest, sexiest boy band in america..They're a new Latin pop ensemble called C-Note..
The group has everything going for it except they're looking for two more members.
Raul: "I think music goes in cycles and they're ready for another group like us."
Another group from Lou Pearlman - the man responsible for NSYNC and the Backstreet boys.
What makes c-note unique is they think they can make it big with both an American and Hispanic audience.
Josh: "Were trying to be the first, one of the biggest Latin groups that's ever hit the us."
But the guys don't just think of themselves as bandmates, they say they've bonded like brothers.
The two guys on the right - David and Raul - have worked for Pearlman for years as writers and producers. Josh on the left joined just two months ago.
Josh: "Were trying to get the music out there so when people say C-Note, people know about them."
David: "We are a family and it's almost like letting someone into our family."
And as we all know, that someone has to have the boy band basics.
They're looking for guys like Roy, Alex, and Omar.Young men who can sing in English and Spanish.
For Omar and Alex, the audition continues - they move to the next round. For Roy, the evening ends early...
David: "It was apparent he wasn't doing it with a vocal trainer and he sounded strained and a real thin voice."
Roy: "It's pretty nerve racking, you've got a record company right in front of you and your whole life can change in a matter of seconds."
But if you think that's nerve racking, the next step really determines whether you're boy band material. Alex and Omar have to learn a new dance routine.
And now it's time to see if these wannabes are the real thing.
Finally after five hours, C-Note has seen everything... But did they see their newest band member.
Alex: "I'm going to get a call back because its worth it."
Omar: "I felt a good vibe. Maybe something good will come out of it, maybe ill get lucky."
Unfortunately, not lucky enough. Later on in this South Florida search, we find out nobody from the area makes the cut.
David: "Gut feeling is we haven't found the person who is going to fit us."
David: "Alex was good, he had a good voice."
David: "Omar had a great attitude."
David: "Just didnt fit us."
And the search goes on for that certain somebody with the right look, the right voice, and the right moves.
C-Note hopes to release a single this summer followed up by a tour of South America and Europe.
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