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Military idol

Move over "American Idol."  Countdown's Monica Novotny went to Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia for the kick-off edition of "Military Idol" to show you what the troops are really singing about.
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Sergeant Robert Meacham, soldier and singer, is on a mission to become the first “.”

He performs in the first-of-its-kind, internal military competition that kicked off this summer based on the TV talent show.  A member of 3rd Infantry Regiment’s honor guard, this 25-year-old husband and father now shows off all of his skills.

Anyone with an active military status can compete — if they have what it really takes. 

“Not every soldier is a great athlete.  Many of them are really great performers,” says Victor Hurtado, Executive Producer of “Military Idol.”   “We hope that the “Military Idol” will be a representative for the Army that humanizes the soldier to the American public.” 

Contestants take the stage at 34 military installations around the world throughout the summer.  The winners get $500, a chance at the finals, and, if all goes well, a shot at a performance on that other “Idol.”

The judges are easier than Simon to stomach.  But Hurtado says he hopes this experience will give the needed exposure to get on the hit show “American Idol.” 

While an “American Idol” guest appearance for the “Military Idol” remains under negotiation, even if they don‘t become TV stars, Fort Myer’s best are ready for their 15 minutes. 

At the end of the night, Sergeant Meacham moves one step closer to the October finals and to showing his country a different side of the American soldier. 

October finals will be at Alexander Hall at Fort Gordon, Georgia.