Thursday, August 9, 2007
7 News Features: Idol Camp
You knew it was coming. Now, in the Idol's off season, wannabes can fine tune their craft. 7's Louis Aguirre has more.
WSVN -- Schools out for, Idol? That's right, kids. You heard it here first, two words, Idol Camp. Who said Disney was the happiest place on earth?
Tired of sleep-away camp? These teens are tackling a 10-day dream summer experience like no other.
They may be too young to try out for American Idol, but don't bother telling these 12- to15-year-old Idols-in-training. They belt it out with the best of them.
Idol Camper: "We get up in the morning, early. We got to get ready."
This is no song-in-the-park. These kids work. First up, it's off to vocal exercises, then the basics of making music.
Jasmine Edwards: "We all have the same passion here, you know? We're all really dedicated kids."
15-year-old Jasmine Edwards made the trip from South Florida to Massachusetts for a chance to learn from the industry pros. No, not Simon Cowell.
Jasmine Edwards: "The teachers and the counselors all love what they do, and they all love to teach kids."
Idol Camp is no one-note-wonder, either. Once you add the moves, the grooves and a beat, it all adds up to an amazing time sure to help.
Idol Camper: "Get over like, homesickness, I guess."
And whether these campers end up as future American Idols ...
Shelby Moore: "I want to be able to walk down the street and people would be like, 'Hey, that's Shelby,' and I'll be like, 'Hey, what's up?'"
... or just performers for fun.
Idol Camper: "Well, you can always put it in your resume."
Now, parents, take a deep breath. The 10-day camp costs $2,900, but scholarships are available, and, next year, more summer sessions will be added due to popular demand.
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