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February 18, 2008

Idol contestant has Indiana roots

<b>Kokomo family hoping David Cook will be next American Idol</b>

KOKOMO — Debra Frye has watched every season of “American Idol,” but she’s never been on the edge of her seat during the announcement of the top 24 like she was last week.

This time, her grandson, David Cook, was one of the contestants waiting to see if he was in that elite group.

And even though Frye and the rest of Cook’s family in Kokomo already knew he had made the cut, “I was still nervous, on the edge of my seat,” Frye said.

Cook is one of two finalists with area ties. Camden native Amanda Overmeyer also made the top 24.

Overmyer, a 2001 graduate of Delphi High School, works as a nurse at Lincare in Kokomo. Her mother, Kathy Overmeyer, lives in Lafayette, and her father, C.J. Overmyer, resides in Camden.

Cook, 25, lives in Tulsa, Okla., and grew up in Blue Springs, Mo., Frye said, but he spent his summers with her in Kokomo, playing Little League at Northside for the Martino’s team.

Cook’s aunt, Susie Castner, said 90 percent of Cook’s family lives in Kokomo, and “we knew about this for quite a while, but we had to keep quiet about it.”

Castner said her nephew moved to Tulsa after he graduated from college with a degree in graphic design, to pursue a career in music.

“He told my sister, ‘Mom, I just want to give myself until I’m 26 years old to get a job,’” she said, adding that he originally did not plan to audition for “American Idol.” Cook went to the audition to support his brother, who was auditioned but was not chosen to go to Hollywood.

Frye watched Wednesday’s show at another grandson’s home in Kokomo, because he has a big screen television. Castner and her husband, Andy, watched at their home.

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