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Interview:
Bo Bice Not Being "Idol" About His Career
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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With another generation of "American Idol" behind us, Harold "Bo" Bice is no longer the mega-popular TV reality series' reigning runner-up -- a development he's actually quite happy about.

"I was kind of wondering how that would feel," says Bice, 30, the Southern rock belter who finished second to Carrie Underwood in "Idol's" fourth season. "I felt we'd just be swept under the rug and forgotten about, but that hasn't been the case.

"But I also enjoy the fact that people don't just identify me as Bo from 'American Idol.' Now they identify me as Bo, the guy who's on TV with the video, the single 'The Real Thing,' and an album and everything. Our fans aren't just 'American Idol' fans; they're Bo Bice fans now, so that means a lot to me."

Bice, who hails from Alabama like current "Idol" champ Taylor Hicks and second season winner Ruben Studdard, released his debut album, "The Real Thing," in December, with contributions by Nickelback's Chad Kroeger and Jon Bon Jovi. The album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, while the title track and first single was a Top 40 hit. Bice recently released a second single, "U Make Me Better."

He acknowledges some ambivalent feelings about the album -- particularly the lack of his own material. Bice -- who released four independent albums before entering "Idol" -- co-wrote one of "The Real Thing's" 12 songs ("Valley of Angels"), though the DualDisc edition includes a few more of his originals.

He hopes to include more of his songs on his second album, but for now Bice says he's happy to do what he's told -- "I work for (label chief) Clive Davis," he notes -- and to try to show fans he's more than just a guy from a TV show.

"People do think, 'Oh, that 'American Idol guy'...," Bice notes. "then they come out and see the show and see that I play piano and harmonica and guitar and that I write songs and that we put on a rock 'n' roll show. There's nothing pop about our show.

"As a matter of fact, the only disappointment you will have is if you come to our show expecting pop. We put on a fun, high-energy rock 'n' roll show -- and we don't cuss or drop F-bombs all day long."

Bo Bice performs at 8 p.m. Saturday (July 8th) at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Tickets are $32.50 pavilion, $15 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit

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