Monday, June 23, 2003

From Forest Park to fame

By Erica Solvig
The Cincinnati Enquirer

A Forest Park native is among the first five finalists chosen on the Fox TV talent show American Juniors.

Danielle White, 11, whose family moved to Bradenton, Fla. nearly five years ago, was selected by viewers last week to advance on Fox TV's younger version of American Idol, featuring kids ages 6-13. She sang "Colors of the Wind" from the movie Pocahontas.

"She will blow your mind," said Danielle's grandfather, the Rev. Jack White of Mason. "She had a natural, God-given gift."

Danielle held a small stuffed pig, named Ben Ruben in honor of the latest American Idol winner, for good luck when finalists were announced during Wednesday's show. She and her father, Brian, will fly to Los Angeles Tuesday for more filming.

Danielle had a lot of area votes, according to her grandfather. Members of his congregation at Faith Christian Fellowship in Mason have been following the show and some voted "for two solid hours, endlessly," White said.

"Proud? Ha. That's an understatement," White said.



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