WHAS11 and Fourth Street Live! will be holding live auditions for the Kentuckiana Idol contest on Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at Fourth Street Live! Participants will audition in front of a panel of judges, who will select 5 finalists. The judges’ favorite performer will be named Kentuckiana Idol, and win the Silver Ticket, which allows them to skip the Louisville auditions for American Idol and go directly to the second round! The remaining four Kentuckiana Idol finalists will receive a Front of the Line pass for the American Idol Bus Tour auditions in Louisville on August 30, 2017.

Registration: 11am-1pm at Fourth Street Live!
Auditions: 1pm-5:45pm
Winner Announced:
6:30pm live on WHAS11 News

The first 200 eligible participants to register will get the chance to audition. Singers should prepare a 60 second acapella vocal performance for the judges. Singers may play acoustic guitar during their performance if so desired. Must be present to register, and must be present to win.

Participants must be between 15 and 28 years of age as of June 11, 2017, a legal US resident, a resident of the WHAS11 viewing area, and be able to attend the American Idol Bus Tour Auditions in Louisville, KY on August 30, 2017. Those under 18 years of age must have a parent/guardian present at time of registration in order to audition. Click below for full contest rules and eligibility.

Mark Maxwell

A prominent member of the Louisville music scene, Mark began making a name for himself as lead singer and guitarist for the band Spanky Lee. He has performed with various groups throughout the years, sharing the stage with well-known acts such as Cheap Trick, Eddie Money, Travis Tritt and Blake Shelton. Though most recognize him for his talents as an energetic and engaging front man and vocalist for The Louisville Crashers, Mark has also worked behind the scenes as a songwriter, producer, and manager for a number of artists. Mark has a long family history in music and is currently the owner of Maxwell's House of Music in Jeffersonville, IN.

William P. Bradford II

Mr. Bradford began directing and teaching at Trinity High School in January 1972. In addition to his involvement with Trinity Theatre, Mr. Bradford taught acting, humanities, theatre history and musical theatre at the Youth Performing Arts School. He has performed in several summer stock theaters and motion pictures and has done commercial voiceover work and directed professional productions in and out of state.

Mr. Bradford is a graduate of Bellarmine University. He studied speech and rhetoric at Indiana University and completed his master’s degree work in theatre research and direction at the University of Notre Dame. He was a participant in tutorials in Theatre History at Oxford University. He was also a member of the company at Actors Theatre of Louisville. In 2007, Bellarmine awarded Mr. Bradford an honorary doctorate of arts degree. In 2012, Mr. Bradford retired as a teacher and director at YPAS after 33 years of service.


As a kid pounding on the drums in rural Kentucky, Duncan’s first love was music. His neighbors hated it. However, it quickly became clear to everyone- including the neighbors-he was destined for a career in music.

It didn’t take long for Duncan to transition from drums to vocals while also learning about the ins and outs of the business of music. Eventually, his involvement as a singer with garage bands led to club gigs and then demo contracts and eventually major label deals.

From major label darling to indie artist, the years of experience touring and recording with many different projects taught Duncan the value of good songs. His understanding of the collaborative value of the creative process has opened many doors along the way.

One of those doors opened when American Idol recruited him to produce their contestants’ weekly iTunes selections. During seasons 6-9 of the series, Duncan was a producer and coach for the contestants, as well as contributing background vocals of sessions for Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, David Cook, and Michael Johns, among others, for the recordings of weekly iTunes downloads.

After the Idol years, Duncan used the experience to elevate his songwriting and collaborated with artists from LA to Nashville including writing songs for the NFL and a variety of independent artists.

Marcus Barker (AKA D’screet)

Marcus Barker (AKA D’screet) is a solo artist of the new generation that emerged from the influence of Soul, R&B and popular artist such as Usher, Mariah, and Boys II Men. D’screet was a professional singer, dancer, choreographer, writer, and director by the tender age of 11years of age.

D’screet became the Co-founder and President of the company T.R.U.T.H. Studios. D’screet is the first solo artist signed to T.R.U.T.H. Studios taking the nation to an elevated musical experience under the IP soul genre. He along with his back-up singers and dancers performed at a hosts of shows, family festivals, and events throughout summer 2015 to present day. The rapid growth of the genre gained attention from many other aspiring artist in the community. After only 2 years, D’screet moved the company from his home to a three story building that he and his co-founders designed to create Louisville’s first artistic trade school called The Dove School for the Arts. Its’ doors opened in July 2017, where D’screet now resides as the vocal instructor and President of the school.

The Dove School of Arts focuses on educating, empowering, and teaching good character to aspiring artists of all ages. The goal of the Dove School of Arts is to create an avenue for the Mainstream entertainment in the Kentuckiana area. There are 8 core classes; vocal, dance, video production, instrumental music, acting, modeling, hip hop culture, and industry life.

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