My husband Michael and I are both musicians and singers and had been playing in bands together for years. When we first started watching American Idol (they were already into season 5 or 6 by then), we thought — we must do this… we have to try out! What a disappointment to find out we were too old! First my dream of being an FBI agent, squashed because of my age… and now this! I was distraught. But now with X-Factor coming to town, dare I say it… we are making the trek to New Jersey for the auditions. Michael talked me into it… I was very busy doing nothing (very spectacularly)… but was still not really into putting my 40+ year old self in front of a bunch of judges – no matter how fabulous my husband thinks I am. Well, now, I have committed to it… and to tell you the truth, I’m very excited about the whole challenge.
You have to put yourself out there… doesn’t matter the outcome. It’s all part of life’s experiences… and life’s too short to hold back. Afraid? Nervous? Embarrassed? Just do it… and shut up about it. That’s my motto. So… now… as if the dilemma of what to sing wasn’t bad enough… now the dilemma of what to wear. This will take much effort and many sleepless nights and running to the mall to figure out… only 3 days until we drive to New Jersey for the auditions, so too late for plastic surgery or dieting or magic wrinkle creams… I just need to find something absolutely stunning to wear that I feel comfortable in… that makes me look skinny and adorable… and that I can stand in for 10 hours. Hmph. I’m sure Michael will get dressed while driving and exit the car looking very rock-starish… no need to look in the mirror or primp… just black leather and a scruffy beard and they are good to go, right? I know, I know… I will just do it. And shut up about it.
And who knows… maybe this will lead to other exciting developments. Maybe my other dream of hosting the Regis and Kelly show will come true. With Regis retiring, this could be perfect timing. Wish us luck!