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Terry Day is living his dream.
This week Day appeared with five other contestants vying for Apple Ford's Apple Idol title. The show is part of WSET-TV's "Living in the Heart of Virginia" program, aired daily at 12:30 p.m. on local channel 13.
For Day, singing on television is a dream-come-true.
The first installment of the show was featured last Friday with each of the six contestants singing their first song. This Friday's show will include the first elimination. Following each Friday show, viewers ? following the format of American Idol ? can call in to vote for their favorite singer. Votes can be cast from 12:30 p.m. Friday until 5 p.m. Monday.
Day was one of many who auditioned for the show.
"They said they had a whole lot of people," he said of the auditioning process. He pursued the opportunity at the suggestion of his mom, who watches the show.
Day went to Apple Ford for his video audition. He was later contacted and told he would be one of the six finalists. Day sang "Three Times A Lady" for his audition.
The first show of the finalists was taped last Wednesday and aired Friday. Then the voting started. Day sang "Truly" by Lionel Richie. Should he move on in the competition, Day plans to sing "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green for the Motown theme which is next. Themes for following weeks include love songs and country ? all of which should play into the versatility Day displays in his singing.
"It was fun," Day said of taping the show. "It was an exciting thing being in that studio."
Contestants were limited to one and a half minutes for their first song. As eliminations take place, that time will increase.
"I think I did OK," Day said of his first performance. "I didn't think I did that great with the audition."
But it was certainly good enough to get him on the show.
Day has been performing since he was a teenager, but this is the first time he's had television cameras in front of him. "As a kid, I always wanted to sing on television," Day said. "It makes me feel like I've lived my dream."
Because he was born legally blind, he said he lived "somewhat of a sheltered life."
Day was born with cataracts in his eyes and had an operation which let light in. He can't drive and some days it can be hard for him to focus. "The older you get, the worse it gets," he said of the visual impairment.
"I started listening to the radio a lot," Day said. And that included listening to his favorite artist, Stevie Wonder.
Day worked with numerous bands over the years, some professional and some "basement bands." In 2002 he decided to go out on his own. That allowed him to be more versatile in his musical choices. "I can pick my own songs," he said of the change.
Currently Day is appearing at the Bedford Social Club on Friday nights and has plans to appear at Red, Wines and Blues at the Lake this spring. He also appears in various local events such as CenterFest. His repertoire includes '50s and '60s music, R & B, Motown, disco, country and rock. He can also swoon to a Frank Sinatra tune if so inclined.
Day, who lives in Bedford, has two grown children and five grandchildren who live in the area. His mom, Christeen Day, and a sister also live here.
When not singing, Day enjoys science fiction and horror movies. "I love special effects," he said.
His visual impairment allows him to see life differently than most.
"I love to take a lot of walks," Day said, who added that his vision actually helps "make a cloudy day look sunny."
"I can see the landscape a lot better," he explained.
He said he enjoys the current status of his career. "After a while you want to branch out on your own." And he's glad for the opportunity to be on the show.
"I'm proud I'm able to live my dream," Day said. "I wish all the contestants well."
The show will air the next several weeks on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. on WSET. Those desiring to vote for Day may do so by calling 434-477-5542. Other contestants include: Kevin Camm of Amherst; Deanna Justice of Concord; Audrie Meadows of Gretna; Joshua Crews of Long Island; and Barbara Dalton of Gretna.
Win or lose, Day's dream will get at least one more week on the show. All of the contestants will appear together at the finale, he said.