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Friday, February 01, 2008

Good, nonqualifying article

Here is an interesting story in the Des Moines Register (1/28) written by Erin Crawford, entitled “Jason Rich keeps faith in God, looks to 'American Idol' for fame.”

Crawford writes:
Christian singer/songwriter Jason Rich, a 21-year-old from Dike, wasted no time in adding “2008 American Idol contestant” to his biography.

Tuesday night's episode of the hit talent contest on the Fox network will feature auditions in Omaha, Neb., that were held in August 2007. Viewers may get to see footage of Rich, who sang a country song, Keith Whitley’s “When You Say Nothing At All.”

“I’m not really a country singer,” he said. “I’m a contemporary Christian artist with a fairly progressive acoustic style.
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I was drawn to the article because I watched a segment of this year’s American Idol (AI) preliminary round (Philadelphia) and I know there has been some complaints about AI producers tease up the emotions of contestants.

I thought the article was well written, general interest grabbing, and portrayed the protagonist’s faith in real world terms. This is just the type of article we are looking for in the Amy Writing Awards.

Unfortunately, the article does not contact a piece of identifiable scripture, which is a critical component in qualifying.

I will email Erin and let her know about the contest and qualifying requirements so may be we’ll see some of her articles qualify.

Keep up the good work, Erin!


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