COPY-Look for American Idol contestant Lufkinite Kendall Beard tonight

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - American Idol fans in East Texas will tune in again tonight hoping to catch 23 year old Kendall Beard's audition.  Kendall is a native of Lufkin who is among the tens of thousands of hopefuls  from across the nation auditioning for a shot at the top spot.

Contestants will be back in action tonight as the search for Top 50 concludes.

The program is one of discovery, trying to find the best singer in the country through a series of nationwide auditions.  The later stages of the competition are determined by public voting by phone.  The format features four judges, record producer and music manager Randy Jackson, pop singer and choreographer Paula Abdul, music executive and music manager Simon Cowell and singer/songwriter and record producer Kara DioGuardi, who give critiques of the contestants' performances.  The show is hosted by former children's game show emcee and television personality Ryan Seacrest.

According to the American Idol website, "the auditions continue through hour-long episodes.  The schedule is listed below. 

Viewers who can't stand to watch terrible singers humiliate themselves will want to start tuning in on Tuesday, February 3rd, which is when the Hollywood Round will begin.  It'll kick off with a two-hour episode, followed by a one-hour episode the following night revealing the Top 24.

The first 12 semifinalists will perform in two-hour episodes airing on Tuesday, February 17th and Wednesday, February 18th.  Those performances will be the first to allow audience voting, which means eliminations begin.  The second 12 semifinalists episodes will air on Tuesday, February 24th and Wednesday, February 25th.

The third 12 semifinalists shows and the wild card round will follow the next week. 

Finally, the performances of the Top 12 will begin on Tuesday, March 10, with a two-hour episode.  The first single elimination of the season will take place the following night."

"Mum" is still the word in the Beard household, out of respect for Kendall's wishes and her contractual agreements with the show, however, the buzz on the web is that 23 year old could be a contender for the Top 50.

The Top 50 will be whittled down to 36 by the producers this month, and in February, the Top 36 will compete live in the semi-finals after being revealed in "the chair" episode in February.  Fans of Lufkinite Kendall Beard are hoping she's in that final number.

Kendall's style has been described as a powerful blend of modern rock and roll, a touch of rhythm and blues and a pinch of country.  Click here song clips for an example of Kendall Beard's music at CD Baby.

On Kendall's MySpace Music page, the 23 year old is quoted as saying she had a love for music at an early age. "As long as I can remember, I have had an interest in entertaining."  The website goes on to say Kendall grew up spending many weekends performing at various venues in Texas, such as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and The Johnny High Country Music Review. "My parents would pick me up from school and we would travel all weekend to different county fairs and country oprys and we would return just in time to be back at school Monday morning."

The American Idol winner receives a one million (US) dollar record deal with a major label, and is managed by American Idol-related 19 management.  In some cases, other finalists have also been signed by the show's management company (who has first option to sign contestants) and received record deals with its major label partner.

You can read more about the history of the show at

KTRE-TV and will keep you up to date on Kendall's journey as results from the American Idol contest are released.

The following is a season schedule.

Tuesday, Jan. 13th: Season Premiere, (two hours)
Wednesday, Jan. 14th: Audition episode, Kansas City (two hours)
Tuesday, Jan. 20th:  Audition episode, San Francisco, California 
Wednesday, Jan. 21st:  Audition episode, Louisville, Kentucky 
Tuesday, Jan. 27th:  Audition episode, Jacksonville, Florida 
Wednesday, Jan. 28th: Audition episode, Salt Lake City, Utah
Thursday, Jan. 29th: Final audition episode, NY/NJ & San Juan Puerto Rico
Tuesday, Feb. 3rd: Hollywood round, part 1
Wednesday, Feb. 4th: Hollywood round, part 2
Tuesday, Feb. 10th: Hollywood round, part 3
Wednesday, Feb. 11th: Hollywood round, part 4; semifinalists announced (two hours)
Tuesday, Feb. 17th: First 12 semifinalists perform (two hours)
Wednesday, Feb. 18th: Live results show, three advance to finals
Tuesday, Feb. 24th: Second 12 semifinalists perform (two hours)
Wednesday, Feb. 25th: Live results show, three advance to finals
Tuesday, March 3rd: Third 12 semifinalists perform (two hours)
Wednesday, March 4th: Live results show, three advance to finals
Thursday, March 5th: Wild-card round, finalists announced
Tuesday, March 10th: 12 finalists perform (two hours)
Wednesday, March 11th: Top 12 results
Tuesday, March 17th: Top 11 perform (two hours)
Wednesday, March 18th: Top 11 results
Tuesday, March 24th: Top 10 perform (two hours)
Wednesday, March 25th: Top 10 results
Tuesday, March 31st: Top 9 perform
Wednesday, April 1st: Top 9 results