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January 15, 2014

SUNY Oneonta grad to appear on 'Idol' tonight

A SUNY Oneonta graduate will be on the premiere of “American Idol XIII” at 8 tonight, a media release from the college said.

Kari Crimmins, class of 2010, was involved in 15 shows in various capacities, including stagecraft, makeup, costumes and as a featured performer in 10 productions while a student at the State University College at Oneonta.

Crimmins auditioned in Boston during the summer and was featured on an “American Idol” TV promo this week, the SUNY Oneonta release said. The two-night season premiere on FOX television begins at 8 tonight, and will feature the first round of clips from the season’s auditions, which were held in several cities for judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr.

Contestants are bound by confidentiality restrictions, so Crimmins couldn’t divulge much about the experience, other than to say she she’s been deluged with support from family, friends and fans who spotted her in the TV promo, the college release said.

Crimmins first auditioned for “American Idol” in 2009 with a group of friends from Oneonta who drove to Boston together.

“I decided to go back this year after winning a ‘dream ticket’ at the American Idol Experience at Disney,” she said in the release. “I competed in several rounds in front of a live audience and won by audience vote. It was very exciting.”

Crimmins graduated with a degree in mass communications and theater.

Colby Thomas, a SUNY Oneonta voice instructor who taught Crimmins for four years, will be watching tonight’s premiere, according to the release.

“Kari is one of the most talented singers we have had at the college, and I am thrilled that she is having this experience,” said Thomas, who directed Crimmins in “The Medium,” “Street Scene,” “Chess” and many opera and musical theater showcases.

Crimmins lives in Manhattan and is pursuing a career in musical theater.

“My college performance experience is so incredibly valuable,” she said in the release.

“It gave me the opportunity to build a resume and gain experience in front of a live audience over and over again,” she said. “I had the opportunity to work one-on-one with amazing, talented professors who are actors and musicians themselves. It’s safe to say I lived in the fine arts building.”

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