"Ladies and gentlemen, introducing Kim Caldwell...from Katy, Texas!" Imagine turning on the TV one night, and seeing someone from Katy singing in front of the whole world. Kimberly Caldwell, 2000 graduate, has spent almost an entire lifetime performing and entertaining audiences all over the country. When she was just 11, Caldwell was a junior finalist on the show "Star Search" where she won fives times more than any other junior vocalist had before.
At the age of 12 her family moved to Branson, Missouri so she could pursue a childhood career in performing. There she spent three years starring in the show "Country Tonite," singing and dancing with other kids her age. After leaving Missouri when she was 15, and moving to Biloxi, Mississippi, Caldwell spent a year performing in the "Country Tonite" show there at the Grand Casino.
Following the early stages of her entertainment career, Caldwell returned to Katy, with her family, where she completed high school, graduating from THS in 2000. Just a year before she went on to audition for American Idol, Caldwell tried out for the WB entertainment show "Pop Stars" and made it all the way to the top 15. At so young an age Caldwell was already making lasting impressions and gaining loyal fans, and she was only at the beginning of a promising career.
Caldwell auditioned for the hit reality TV show American Idol in Austin, November of 2002, never expecting what was to come.
"Everyone was so talented," Caldwell said of her American Idol audition. "It took a really long time, so I was really surprised and excited to find out I made it to the top 32."
After 12 total auditions she qualified as one of the top 12 who were to compete on the actual show. Caldwell had an overwhelming performance her first round on American Idol, but was dismissed by a few audience viewer votes. She was selected to come back on her birthday and perform after receiving the wild card from the judges.
"It was my 21st birthday and I was headed out with my friends when I got a call from the producers. They said I received the wild card and I was to come back to perform on the show again." Caldwell said. "That minute we turned around and I got on a plane the next morning for LA."
She performed in eight episodes before leaving American Idol again. Although Caldwell did not remain on the show she says the experience was overwhelming. "It was a fantastic experience and very well worth it," Caldwell said. "We spent days practicing, singing , rehearsing and getting ready for the show each week together. The whole time we all thought of ourselves as 'The American Idol Team' and now we are all the best of friends.
Along with the support from the others on the show, her friends and family are proud of her accomplishments and encourage her to keep moving on.
"I'm really proud of her," junior at THS and sister, Kristy Caldwell said of Kim. "She has wanted to do this her whole life, and I wish her the best."
AS for her future, Caldwell presently is a correspondent for Fox Sports Net's "54321" and soon has plans to move to L.A. There she hopes to pursue a career in entertainment.
"I really admire Jennifer Lopez, because she does it all," Caldwell said. "I would like to some day get to sing, perform and maybe act as a profession. This is definitely only the beginning for me. I plan to pursue my talent and hopefully get to show it to the rest of the world."