The home of “The Carolina Opry” has a possible idol in its eye.
The Calvin Gilmore Theater, on the northern tip of of Myrtle Beach, will host “American Idol” auditions 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday in a preliminary round for one person to later advance for another audition, before an “Idol” producer in Savannah, Ga.
No pre-registation is required for the tryouts at the Gilmore theater, on the U.S. 17 Business side of the junction with U.S. 17 Bypass; however, sign-up is first-come, first-served, and entrants will be lined up in the site’s air-conditioned theater lobby.
The names of the three finalists chosen by a judge panel comprised of Gilmore, WMYB-FM “Star” 92.1’s Korby Ray, and Abbi Neal, co-host of WFXB-TV Fox 43’s “Not the News,” will be posted on The Carolina Opry’s Facebook page by 9 p.m. Monday, and they will each perform in the pre-show of the “Opry” engagement at 7 p.m. Tuesday, with the winner announced on stage later that evening.
The Fox network will being the 15th and final season of “American Idol” in January. Past winners include Raleigh-area native Scotty McCreery, who won “Idol” Season 10, in spring 2011. See him in concert at 8:30 pm. Friday at House of Blues, in Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, for $29 general admission, plus ticketing fees (272-3000 or www.hob.com/myrtlebeach). Myrtle Beach native Stevie Woodward will kick off that show.
Through August, the Gilmore theater’s schedule consists of the “Opry,” in its 30th annivesary year, at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; “Time Warp” at 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and the clog dancing troupe All That! in “Thunder and Light,” 4 p.m. Thursdays. Prices vary for each. Details at 913-4000, 800-843-6779 or www.thecarolinaopry.com/idol.