The next American Idol?

Published 7:22pm Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Jess Meuse has always been someone who does something at the drop of a hat.

Last July Meuse was one of the acts on the Warped Tour stop in Atlanta.

After the Slapout native’s performance she had heard that the Atlanta audition for the FOX show American Idol was being held the same weekend.

So at a drop of a hat, the 23-year-old decided to audition.

At 7 p.m. this Thursday millions of viewers will see if Meuse earned the Golden Ticket to Hollywood to continue her journey to become the next American Idol.

“It was a random thing to do and that’s just me,” Meuse said. “So when I heard the audition was in Atlanta and I was already there I decided to give it a try.”

After meeting with producers of the show, she was given a chance to audition before current music artists Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr.

Meuse, who is a self-taught violinist and guitarist, has had a taste of Hollywood before.

In 2012 she auditioned before judges Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, CeeLo Green and Adam Levine for the third season of NBC’s The Voice.

“My audition didn’t air, but no one turned their chair for me,” Meuse recalled. “CeeLo was the only one who had positive feedback.”

But that hasn’t swayed Meuse from pursuing her music dream.

Meuse’s first performance was in a talent show in a private Catholic school in Florida.

While in high school at Holtville, Meuse taught herself how to play guitar after earning first chair violin in a youth orchestra.

She has continued to play both instruments and write her own songs.

And now she plays various venues across the Southeast.

“I have not been twisted by the music industry,” Meuse said. “I keep my values — God and family — are always first.”

And Thursday millions will get to see if Meuse is that one in million who gets to advance to the next stage in her musical career.

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