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JBLM resident auditions on ‘American Idol’

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord resident will appear on the new season of “American Idol” during its audition period.

Desireé Flores tried out for the long-running talent show last year in San Francisco.

“American Idol” begins its 14th season on Wednesday (Jan. 7) on Fox with Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. as judges. Ryan Seacrest will continue as host.

Flores’ father is active duty in the U.S. Army. A self-described “Army brat” she grew up on various military posts.

“Music has gotten me through the rough patches of always moving and also how it gave me the confidence to chase after my dream,” Flores told The News Tribune.

“I would like to inspire many youths – especially military dependents who want to go after a singing/acting/modeling career but feel as if it’s almost impossible because of the constant moving – to try to chase their dreams. Because I went through that as a teen.”

Locally the show will air at 8 p.m. on Q13 FOX (Channel 13) twice this week. Wednesday’s show is an hour long. Thursday’s show is two hours long.

This phase of the show is of previously taped auditions from around the country. It will go live in mid-March.

“American Idol” has slowly been declining in ratings since its peak in 2006. But, unlike its popular rival “The Voice” on NBC, it has launched some stars on their music careers, including Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson.

There’s no telling when Flores will appear during the audition period. As is typical with TV talent shows there’s no prior word about who advances and who doesn’t.