Dreams can come true as the American Idol bus pulls into Detroit

Ellen Chamberlain
Entertainment Writer- Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT - The American Idol bus pulled into Detroit to wrap up its East Coast tour on Tuesday.

The popular competition show pits vocalists from around the country against each other in hopes of becoming America’s next big pop star: an American Idol.

Thousands of contestants wound down Jefferson Avenue from the TCF Center to Hart Plaza. Most left disappointed, but there will be plenty of Motor City representation when she Detroit leg of auditions airs later this fall.

Every type of artist was represented; rappers – backpack and otherwise, the glitter and glam crowd, and singer/songwriters with their guitar cases prepared to deliver original music.

“What did they say wasn’t ‘enough’ about you,” one dejected hopeful asked another after she was rejected by producers.

Other contestants who will not be moving on said they were told that they were not unique enough or ready for the contest.

In Detroit fashion, the rejection did not stop the artists as they exchanged information to support one another and work together in the future.

Kevin Stewart, Jr. says that he started singing at age 3. He had the good fortune of advancing to the next round of the competition. The professional singer is a member of the Simone Vitale Band and works as a beauty consultant at ULTA.

Stewart Jr. faced disappointment both at Sunday Best and The Voice auditions in Detroit and Chicago, respectively. He says that he did not have high expectations for his audition with Idol.

“I just came because my grandmother asked me to,” says the Detroit native.

Idol producers loved the 27-year-old and invited him to the next round of competition. Stewart says that he plans to heed the producers’ advice to pace and be himself.

“I don’t know what path God has me on with this journey but I believe that the most important thing is to make sure that I stay true to who I am, and that I inspire whoever I come in contact with,” Stewart Jr. says.

Season 3 of American Idol will air on ABC later this year.





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