Pop Rocks: Tune in to see local's 'American Idol' audition

Watch American Idol on Jan. 28-29 to see Miranda Pokrzyminski's audition.

How crazy would it be if Pokrzyminski became a household name?


I’ll admit, I am not, when it comes to television, the most faithful viewer. My average relationship with a show usually lasts about half a season. Once I become comfortable with the concept and format of a series, I become a little bored. I bring this up because I have not been a faithful – or really even occasional – viewer of American Idol in many years.

But that seems to have changes. Now I have someone to cheer for. Now, as a student of Augusta-area music, I have a vested interest and some skin in the game.

We all do.

Her name is Miranda Pokrzyminski.

I first became familiar with Pokrzyminski, of Augusta, a few years back while judging the talent show at the Georgia-Carolina State Fair. While she did not win, I found her to be the most interesting of the acts that evening. While everyone else raided the contemporary country and R&B ballad songbooks, Miranda hit the stage in an improbable pair of leopard-skin platforms, an acoustic guitar and a Guns N Roses cover. The crowd, I believe, was a little stunned. I just wanted to see what she would do next.

In the years since, Miranda has been something of a regular on local stages, quietly developing as an artist. Be it the girl with the guitar or playing a role in a theatrical production, she has taken the time required to become a singer and interpreter of songs that might make that next step.

Here’s a little secret.

Miranda already knows how her American Idol audition, which airs at 8 p.m. Jan. 28-29, went. She has auditioned, received her yay or nay, and signed an incredibly insistent nondisclosure agreement that has sealed her lips for several months.

And while, as a journalist, I would love to know what is next, as a viewer and – for the time being at least – a returning American Idol fan, I’m grateful for the opportunity to find out with everyone else.

I am, in many ways, in the same spot I was that night Miranda didn’t take the top prize at the talent show. I want to see what happens next.


HIDDEN TREASURE. Quiet and rarely crowded, the exhibitions that hang in the gallery space squeezed into the ground floor of Sacred Heart Cultural Center don’t get the kind attention other shows in town might receive. It’s a shame, because they are often beautiful, interesting and accomplished.

It’s also always a pleasure to visit one of Augusta’s architectural treasures. My advice, should you find yourself downtown with a little time to burn between now and the end of February – check out the current exhibition by Judy Avrett, Lucy Weigle and their students. It’s well worth the effort.

 On TV

American Idol airs at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays on FOX.



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