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Bice is nice, especially if Alabama wins twice

Millions will be watching Fox television network tonight to get the results of American Idol voting.

But no matter which candidate America selects as the new American Idol, neither is a loser.

Certainly Bo Bice of Helena, "The Pride of Somerville," and Carrie Underwood of Checotah, Okla., will sign recording contracts. Each has a winning personality and the talent to remain in the entertainment spotlight long after the fourth season of the highly rated television show is over.

Fox will air a two-hour version of "American Idol" tonight beginning at 7. We won't know the results of the voting until the end of the broadcast, when host Ryan Seacrest utters the words "after the break" for the final time this season.

But, regardless of who America chooses, Alabama — and especially the Tennessee Valley — can be proud of Bo.

Fox will feed Bo Watch celebration footage from the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center, which Gov. Bob Riley is expected to attend, during the live show. Huntsville's Von Braun Center also will host a Bo Watch, and the usual loyal Bo supporters will be out in earnest at Mamas Country Diner in Somerville.

Two years ago, Birmingham's "Velvet Teddy Bear," Ruben Studdard, won the hearts of Idol voters and embarked on a career that has included television sitcom roles and product endorsements in addition to record releases and concert tours.

Now, Bo may make Alabama the undisputed American Idol capital.

Good luck Bo. We look forward to watching you perform for many years.

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