Six Soldiers advance to Military Idol semifinals
Sgt. 1st Class Constance Campbell of Fort Hamilton, N.Y., sings "Boogie Oogie Oogie" by A Taste Of Honey to earn a berth in the 2006 Military Idol semifinals on Oct. 30 at Fort Belvoir, Va.'s Wallace Theater. Seated in the foreground are Military Idol judges Jack L. Tilley, the 12th Sergeant Major of the Army, and Debra Byrd, vocal coach and arranger for "American Idol."

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, Nov. 2, 2006) - Six Soldiers sang their way into the Military Idol semifinals at Wallace Theatre Monday.

Spc. Dave Boholst, Fort Polk, La.; Pfc. Randy Holmes, Schweinfurt, Germany; Spc. Vicki Golding, Fort Myer, Va.; Sgt. 1st Class Constance Campbell, Fort Hamilton, N.Y.; Staff Sgt. Angelo Johnson, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and Sgt. Quanda Brown, Fort Lee, Va., are now vying to become the second Military Idol.

The field is paring from six to three performers as selected by judges today at Fort Belvoir's Wallace Theater. The show will be available for viewing on Army Knowledge Online tomorrow.

Military Idol is a singing contest based on the premises of FOX Television's "American Idol." For details on how to watch the competition on AKO and vote for your favorite performer, visit

The six semifinalists were selected by Military Idol judges Jack L. Tilley, the 12th Sergeant Major of the Army; Debra Byrd, vocal coach and arranger for "American Idol;" and Grammy award-winning country music artist Michael Peterson, best known for "I am a Soldier" and "From Here to Eternity."

Miss Virginia 2006, Adrianna Sgarlata, is the emcee for Military Idol finals week, which began with two closed-set shows taped for webcast via streaming video on AKO. The field of contestants was trimmed from 13 to six Soldiers during those a cappella, first-round elimination performances.

Each of the finals week performers won a contest on one of 29 Army installations around the world, where competitions ranged from one night to eight weeks.

The finals are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday. The winner will be determined by audience voting on AKO for two hours following the finals.

A 30-minute reveal show is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, during which the 2006 Military Idol will be announced. All 13 performers have a role in the reveal show.

The 2006 Military Idol winner will receive $2,000, with $1,000 going to the runner-up and $500 for the third-place performer. For more details, visit

Military Idol is one of more than 50 programs provided to Soldiers and their families by the U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, formerly known as the U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center.

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