Saturday, February 7, 2004

Miami grad wins spot on 'Idol'

The next American Idol could hail from the Tristate.

Wednesday, Miami University graduate Matthew Metzger was selected as one of 32 finalists on the Fox show, in which the TV audience gets to choose the nation's next pop star.

Metzger, 23, auditioned for the show in Atlanta and was one of 117 people who headed to Hollywood for another audition before judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson narrowed the field again. On Wednesday's episode, contestants broke into groups of three to harmonize on a song. Metzger's group, who chose Up On The Roof, didn't fare well with judges, mainly because one member couldn't remember the words.

The verdict from Cowell: "That was ghastly."

Still, judges must have seen something special in Metzger - he's in the first group of eight to perform (8 p.m. Tuesday, Channels 19, 45). It's the first episode this season in which audience members can vote via phone or text messaging for the two who will advance to the next round.

Lauren Bishop

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