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‘American Idol’ auditions Monday at Calvin Gilmore Theater

Amber Naegele of Independence, Ky., walks off the stage after her “American Idol” audition at the Calvin Gilmore Theater in 2014.
Amber Naegele of Independence, Ky., walks off the stage after her “American Idol” audition at the Calvin Gilmore Theater in 2014. cslate@thesunnews.com

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.

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