November 27, 2005 01:23 AM by Joe Blackmon
On a recent episode of Heartland airing on the Fox News Channel, John Kasich selected a former American Idol contestant as the Heartland Hero of the Week. Bo Bice won this prestigious recognition for giving up his house to a family displaced by Hurricane Katrina and for also using his music to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Bo Bice talks to John Kasich via satellite from Nashville, Tennessee. Bo tells John, “The lord just told me that if you’ve got something, you know, you give. That’s something that my family’s always gone by. And it was just kind of second nature to do it.” Xera and Perry Booth, who were the lucky recipients of Bo’s generosity, also talk to John via satellite. In regards to the Bo allowing them to use his house, Xera tells John, “Its meant a tremendous amount. Made me feel like I had a place to hold my family all together.”
In an interesting twist, John Kasich suddenly starts quizzing Bo Bice over a statement he once made about how he was praying not to win on the American Idol finale. While Bo is answering the question, Fox News flashes across the screen that “Bice lost to Carrie Underwood by only 134 votes.”
During the American Idol 4 season, Fox refused to release any specific voting totals. When Carrie Underwood was announced as the winner on the American Idol finale, no mention was made of her margin of victory. Fox News startling release of this information could stir up American Idol fans not only about the finale voting but also about controversial eliminations during the earlier stages of the show. While the new information about the close voting totals could lead to new fan debate, it probably matters little to Bo Bice or Carrie Underwood. Bo Bice is busy preparing for the upcoming release of his new album The Real Thing, and as Bo himself pointed out to John, Carrie’s new album did over 300,000 units in its first week of release. Both singers appear to be well on their way to successful careers.
John wraps up the interview with Bo Bice by telling him, “When people become rich and famous often times they forget their roots and they forget about giving back. They get arrogant, and you know what, I think you’re a great example to people. You were nothing, now you’re a big time star. You’ve helped out the Booths and that’s why you’re our hero, and on Thanksgiving we wanted to put you at the top of the show.”