American Idol alums Melissa McGhee and Jay Rosenberg have a simple piece of advice for contestants on the new version of the iconic series set to debut on ABC at 8 p.m. Sunday.
"Be yourself," Melissa and Jay said.
Jay Rosenberg made it to Hollywood, appearing on the Fox series during season 4. Melissa McGhee finished among the Top 12 final contestants during season 5 of the then Number 1 television show.
Since Idol, Melissa has gone on tour with many other American Idols and stars.
She has a Tampa Bay area-based band, Mixed Signal, and is continuing her career as a recording artist and performer.
Jay, who sings at special events, is the owner of Designs by Jay Rosenberg, a Tampa-based interior decorating company.
Jay and Melissa both said the American Idol TV show contributed to their professional success.