I Can Only Imagine what it might be like to be in the same room of American Idol Contestants. I can only imagine what it might be like to actually kind of sort of sing a duet with one. And then one day American Idol called a few of the IdolTweethearts to be on location at the Terranea Resort. When it’s an all expense paid they mean it. American Idol, once again, paid all the expenses. When someone is giving you a gift, do you ever feel like you should make the best of it? I can only imagine what it must be like, well imagination is now my reality. I did my best to make the best of it.
I spent some time with Maurice Townsend, and many of the top 30 contestants at the end of January 2014. I talked with Maurice about his journey with American Idol. Hearing of his four children, and his wife who were at home watching, waiting and hoping just like the rest of the nation. How far would this journey take him. I was first sitting with him and a table of contestants while they ate his lunch. Then later he addressed me by my first name as we walked the hallways of this beautiful resort. “Hey Elizabeth.” We chatted and even though Meg & Emily knew who he was, I was able to introduce him as a new friend. We stood and chatted and then I asked him, “Would you sing us a worship song? And if I know the song can I sing it with you? ” Maurice looked into the lens of my phone and started to sing, “I Can Only Imagine.” which is one of my favorite worship songs. I had tears in my eyes. Even though I was invited to sing along I could barely get the words out.
Maurice did make it to the top 30. Congratulations for this amazing accomplishment. Thank you for taking a moment to bring a little slice of worship into this amazing day of being behind the scenes with American Idol. There will be many more posts highlighting the behind scenes action during boot camp. Stay Tuned.