Paine College senior could be the next American Idol

Posted by ncarter | 08/16/2010 13:22 PM

(Augusta, GA)- Symone Plummer stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and is often asked “Are you a model?” Plummer is not a model, but modeling is just one of her many dreams and talents. After you get past her statuesque exterior you’ll hear she has a raw soulful voice, which earned her the title of WFXG Fox 54 “Augusta Idol” and an all expense paid trip to San Francisco, Calif. to audition for Fox TV’s American Idol on August 19th.

“I’ve never visited to the West Coast, so I’m really excited about that. I feel like I’ve made it really far, and if I don’t make it to Hollywood, at least someone had the chance to hear me. That exposure is important,” Plummer said.

WFXG Fox 54 has participated in the idol competition for years says Glenn Tomlinson, marketing director. “Each Fox affiliate hosts its own affiliate promotion for Fox’s American Idol,” Tomlinson said.  Each local affiliate winner wins an all expense trip to audition for the American Idol producers.

The 24 year old Mass Communications student unsuccessfully tried her luck at American Idol stardom once before. “I wanted to audition for “Augusta Idol” competition in 2006, Plummer said.  “That year, they took the first 100 people and I was number 102.” She didn’t go back again until August 6th where she stunned the judges covering Patty Labelle’s “If Only You Knew”.

During the auditions at the Imperial Theatre, Plummer beat out over 400 hopefuls and 100-semi finalist.

The aspiring singer and actress is amazed by the incredible support from her family, church, college and community. “ I’m a mini celebrity”, she said. “Everyone has provided me with great advice – put God first.”

Plummer plans on doing just that at her audition in San Francisco. She’s confident she won’t be a ball of nerves during the audition because she has been singing since age six. “I am not shy at all. I’ve been singing for my mom’s guests and participating in family talent shows for years,” she said.

She is currently a member of the Paine College Concert Choir, “Radical Praise” Choir at Macedonia Baptist Church and is former member of choirs at Copeland Elementary, Sego Middle School and Richmond Academy.

She’s an avid fan of American Idol and admits she’s only nervous about the producers’ decision. “Whatever their decision I’ll make sure I give them a performance,” she said. 

WFXG Fox 54 will follow Plummer’s experience if she makes it to Hollywood, Calif. where she will audition for the new American Idol judges.  Believe it or not Plummer is not breathing a sigh of relief for Simon Cowell’s absence. “I really respected his opinion as a judge. He was really telling the truth most of the time and that honesty is important for an aspiring artist,” she said.

“We wish Symone lots of luck and we will be there to see her off for her audition in California,” Tomlinson said. 

Members of the Paine College Community will also be in attendance to wish Plummer luck in her endeavor. To join the send off at the Augusta Regional Airport at 5:00AM on Wednesday, August 18th, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591.

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