#1. Make a lasting first impression. (Get a hint from the original champ.)
#2. Take big risks that can just leave everyone, even the haters, speechless.
#3. Do YOU no matter what. Show your awesomeness – especially if you’re Harry Connick, Jr.
#4. Keep your pants up. You don’t want to look like a fool with your pants on the ground.
#5. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Everyone has bad days, even Chris Daughtry.
#6. There are people who can sing the phonebook figuratively AND literally.
#7. You have to surround yourself with honest people. Listen to what the Simon Cowell’s in your life say and show them that you can make it.
Simon Cowell (City Imprint style)
#8. We all need positive people in our lives – the Jennifer Lopez’s and Paula Abdul’s to root us on and keep on going.
Jennifer Lopez (City Imprint style)
#9. Persistence with your goals goes a long way. With hard work and the right opportunity, you can go from small town girl to one of country music’s superstars.
#10. Losing at one point doesn’t mean you won’t be victorious in the long run. One day, you just might have “Oscar-winning and Grammy-winning” in front of your name.
#11. Be a team player no matter who ends up as your groupmates.
#12. There’s no place like home… especially with the whole town cheering you on.
#13. Don’t forget to give back to the community.
#14. Stop being catty. Share a moment with your enemies.
#15. Have fun and fulfill those dreams. When you look back at your life (or your 15-season run), you’ll realize it will all be worth it.