The final auditions for WGNA's Country Idol will happen on Thursday, May 8 at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

The final judges table will feature WGNA's Lou Roberts, Tony Gambaro of the New York Players, and Harold Ford from the Spirit of Johnny Cash Show. If you know someone who wants to get on stage, click here for details.

We recently caught up with Harold Ford to talk about his upcoming appearnace at Country Idol on May 8.

Q: What has been your career highlight to date?

A: To date my career highlight was having Tommy and Marcy Cash in the audience at Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, TN and hearing his enthusiasm form the audience.

Q: What did you think of Country Idol the first year you served on the judges panel?

A: It was great fun.  It's a very enlightening service to aspiring artists.

Q: What do you think makes a $5,000 Country Idol winner?

A: Exceptional talent, confidence, and delivery.

Q: What are some of your upcoming events?

A: I am just announcing 2 solo performances at the Saratoga Arts Center, on Broadway this summer, July 24 & 25.  I am very excited about my solo shows, it is similar to Cash's solo show at the Viper Room on Sunset Strip in California.

Another show that I always look forward is The Stafford Palace Theater in Stafford Springs, CT - June 6. For our full list of shows visit: http://www.haroldfordmusic.com/

The 2014 Country Idol Finals will happen on Thursday, June 12, where each month's finalists will return to compete for $5,000!  Plus, everyone in the crowd will have a chance to win a trip to the CMA Awards.