CHARLY LOWRY: Next 'American Idol' may be one of our own


By Scott Bigelow

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Charly Lowry's performance of "Proud Mary" earned her a spot among the 32 finalists in Fox television's "American Idol."

Lowry will leave on February 18 for Los Angeles and will perform on the February 24 edition of the show at 8 p.m., Tuesday.

The daughter of UNC Pembroke employee Delores Lowry, Charly Lowry is a part-time student at UNCP.

"At this point, we hope America will call in and vote for her," Delores Lowry said. "We are hoping for a lot of support from Pembroke too."

A recent winner on "American Idol" received more than two million votes, according to Fox.

"This has been her dream for a long time," Delores Lowry said. "We're very excited for her. It's like a dream come true."

Lowry sharpened her talents locally with performances in pageants, churches, schools and plays. The versatile performer was Junior Miss Lumbee.

"She grew up with the 'oldies,' and the first concert she attended was Martha Reeves and the Vandellas at UNCP," her mother said. "She likes all kinds of music, rap too."

Fox television has created an Internet site for each of the 32 finalists. Lowry's site may be viewed at: The site contains a short biography and an interview.

Lowry was among more than 70,000 people nationwide who tried out for a spot on the television show designed to find America's next pop star.

Preliminary segments were filmed in October 2003. Contestants wrote lyrics and composed music for an original song. For another performance, they selected from song titles provided by the judges.

A Pembroke native, Lowry is on leave from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is majoring in journalism and mass communications. Lowry is taking courses in history and American Indian Studies at UNCP while participating in "American Idol."