ALBANY — The local music scene will be represented again on national television when American Idol airs on Sunday.
Julia Gargano, a 21-year-old student of the College of Saint Rose, will appear aboard the judge’s table as she auditions for a spot to compete on the Emmy Award-winning show. The episode airs Sunday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Gargano, a native of Staten Island, studies music here in the Capital District, where she has also performed in front of an audience. Of note, she played a rousing set at last year’s Rocktoberfest in Albany’s Colonie Park in the city’s warehouse district.
This Sunday’s footage reportedly includes auditions filmed last October in Washington, D.C. Gargano had initially passed a “producers’ audition” before performing in front of Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.
Gargano teased the performance on her Facebook page with a looped clip of her receiving a hug from Perry.
Gargano is currently in the last semester at The College of Saint Rose, where she is studying music industry and composition.
Michael Hallisey is managing editor of Spotlight Newspapers.