You might have an embarrassing yearbook photo in your past. John Dupree has something with a lot more potential, both good and bad -- an audition on "The Mickey Mouse Club" show from two decades ago. He didn't make the show, which launched Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and others to stardom. But Dupree's old audition footage will be on display Tuesday night on a new ABC reality show called "Rediscovered," hosted by Donny and Marie Osmond.
"I was having dinner one night in September and the phone rang," says Dupree, who lives in Dunn. "It was somebody asking if I wanted to be on this new show on ABC, and my first thought was that it was a friend messing with me. But the producer had selected some people from that old audition footage, and I was one they wanted."
Married with a young daughter, the 31-year-old Dupree works as an insurance marketer nowadays. He also plays a regular Friday-night gig at Sammy's Tap & Grill in Raleigh, which ABC filmed for the show. The scariest part of the experience was seeing his old audition footage from long ago.
"To be honest, I hardly remember it," Dupree says. "I was around 10 years old and I sang 'Jailhouse Rock,' which I'd forgotten about until they showed it to me. It could've been worse. But it's done."
Dupree is one of five performers who will be profiled on "Rediscovered," which is set up as a contest. One of the five will win $50,000, to be decided by audience vote. The show airs at 9 p.m. Tuesday on ABC.