A MATTER OF OPINION: American idols

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By Robin Bass

While the rest of America spent the last several days focusing their attention on the inauguration of President Barack Obama, many Spencer Countians seem to have another American idol on their minds – someone right here in our own backyard.

Deanna Brown, a 2000 Spencer County graduate, stunned many of her friends and former teachers last week when they saw her competing on television’s American Idol. Brown was the ultra blond who confidently stood before the judges and sang Otis Redding’s (Sitting on) The Dock of the Bay in her distinctive Southern drawl. New judge Kara DioGuardi described Brown’s voice as one that she would remember if she heard it on the radio.

Brown is currently living in Los Angeles, working on her music and basically trying to make all her musical dreams come true. My hope was to secure an interview with her folks, who still live in Elk Creek, but this little thing called a contract got in the way. Apparently American Idol likes to be in control of their future stars’ images and discourages any contact with the media. As Brown continues to move up the ranks, as I’m sure she will, it would be great to chat with any of those friends and former teachers who “new her when.” Just call the office (477-2239, ext. 5).

If you missed Brown’s performance, check out http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x80v3m_deanna-brown-sitting-on-the-dock.... You can hear her sing more selections at www.myspace.com/missdeannabrown.

Since the show began airing last week, several people in the community have also been asking about 18-year-old Meagan Campbell. She was featured in the Spencer Magnet last September after making it throught the first round of eliminations during the Louisville audition. When it was discovered that she earned a golden ticket to Hollywood, Campbell was thrilled – that is, until she learning the trip would cost her nearly $10,000 for transportation, lodging and food.

Campbell said she could not justify putting her father through such a financial hardship when she really wanted to be a nurse and not a pop star. Content with her decision, Campbell said she is planning to enter nursing school this summer.

Congratulations to both these young women for realizing their dreams and having the courage to make the sacrifices necessary to see them through.