Greenville woman one step closer to #8216;Idol#039; dream

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 26, 2006

It's a dream shared by thousands across America – the dream of making to the stage of &#8220American Idol.”

A Greenville woman is one step closer to that reality.

Sabrina Coleman, a 2004 graduate of Greenville High School, made it through the first round of auditions held in Birmingham for the hugely successful Fox reality show.

It was a long and nerve-racking day, Coleman said.

&#8220I got up early that morning, got to the (Birmingham-Jefferson) civic center about 5:45…and I was the last one in line. I mean, that line went on forever. I stood in line five hours just waiting to get inside the place, and then waited some more.”

Once she made it before the two judges, Coleman, an award-winning choral student in middle school and high school, performed &#8220Goin' Down” by Mary J. Blige.

&#8220They liked it. They said they really liked the way I stepped up Mary J.'s version a bit,” Coleman said.

&#8220I was very, very nervous. But I just kept my faith and prayed. I took God with me that day.”

Her prayers were answered.

Coleman was put through to round two, which will take place on September 16 at Birmingham's Sheraton Hotel. She has been told to prepare to be videotaped this time around and thinks she just may see Randy, Simon and Paula, the three on-air judges for the show.

She knows it's a long road to Idol status.

&#8220The judges told me it's not an end process; it just gets harder. They told me to practice and get my voice on track and all that good stuff. I've been practicing a lot.”

Coleman said her choral director, Millie McDonald, had been &#8220a really big help” in preparing for American Idol.

&#8220Miss Millie is just the best, she's great.”

And what will she perform for round two?

&#8220I'm thinking Vanessa Williams' ‘Save the Best for Last,'” Coleman, whose favorite musical genre is R &B, said.

&#8220I just love all kinds of music; I love to sing. And I hope to be the next American Idol.”