Barbie Perkins-Cooper, Author

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For Immediate Release
July 7, 2015
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Calvin Gilmore and cast are available for interviews.

The final season of American Idol airs in January: Myrtle Beach to host Carolina Idol, American Idol “Front Line Pass” Audition at The Calvin Gilmore Theater, home of The Carolina Opry and Time Warp.
On July 13, American Idol hopefuls will line up at The Calvin Gilmore Theater in Myrtle Beach to audition for a coveted “Front Line Pass” for a chance to be the next American Idol. The Carolina Idol auditions offer a rare opportunity for hundreds of aspiring artists to perform for influential entertainment industry leaders. From the auditions, three finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges including recording artist Calvin Gilmore, Star 92.1’s Korby Ray, and WFXB Fox43’s Abbi Neal. Those with tickets to TCO’s Tuesday, July 14 performance will watch a live pre-show performance of the three finalists and be the first to hear the winner announced live during the show. Tickets are expected to sell fast for this event, sponsored by WFXB Fox 43 and Star 92.1. To book your seats for the TCO finalist show, call 800-843-6779 or visit For more audition info visit
The three audition finalists will be posted to The Carolina Opry Facebook page by 9 pm on July 13, the evening of the auditions. The final winner of the Front Line Pass will also be announced on the Facebook page after the TCO performance on July 14. To be among the first to hear the winners, go to and click “like” to receive news and updates.
More about Auditions
The winner of the Front Line Pass is guaranteed to skip the endless lines in Savannah, GA to perform before American Idol producers. There is no pre-registration for the event, registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. Those auditioning will be invited to wait in the air-conditioned theater lobby. For information on audition registration, rules, and FAQs visit
More About the TCO Show
Gilmore Entertainment has long been the leader of musical variety show entertainment in the Southeast, with the classic TCO show (The Carolina Opry) and their newest hits, Time Warp and Thunder and Light. Gilmore and his shows have been featured by USA Today, ABC Nightly News, Southern Living Magazine, Variety and a host of other newspapers and television shows. TCO is the only Myrtle Beach show to receive the coveted South Carolina Governor’s Cup, as well as being voted South Carolina’s Most Outstanding Attraction. In recent years, Gilmore has performed regularly on The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and he is designated as South Carolina’s Official Country Music Ambassador.


For further information contact:
Jordan Watkins

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