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Video: Halie Hilburn's rejected "American Idol" puppet Oscar resurfaces as rapping pooch OzCar

by Brandy McDonnell Published: February 21, 2013

When ventriloquist Halie Hilburn, a 2008 Oklahoma Christian University graduate from Texas, returned to Oklahoma City to try out for “American Idol,” she initially got lots of giggles from the judges for her yodeling and for her canine puppet pal Oscar.

But once the judges heard her just sing, they sent her to Hollywood – without Oscar.

Last we saw Oscar, he had been dumped in a trashcan on an Oklahoma City street. As it turns out, Hilburn’s puppet pooch isn’t the type to take that kind of rejection lying down: He has reemerged as the rapping puppet OzCar with a new video for his comeback anthem “I’m OzCar,” which gives a shoutout to OKC Thunder star Kevin Durant and takes hits at “Idol” judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson.

According to Oklahoma Christian’s website, “OzCar performed at different venues in OKC for a few weeks before meeting someone who offered to help produce his first video. Now, with more street cred and determination than ever, OzCar is well on his way to celebrity. OzCar’s debut single features a stream of clever jibes at the dismissive ‘Idol’ judges, but it also tells us why he’s doing this in the first place.

“He hopes to get Halie’s attention through his budding career in music. He’ll work his way over to the west coast, where he will seek a second chance at fame – and making his longtime friend proud – at an audition for ‘America’s Got Talent.’ No longer just another ‘American Idol’ puppet, OzCar will operate on his own terms, staying true to his beliefs and having faith in his talents.”

Not surprisingly, OzCar already has a Facebook page and a Twitter feed if you want to follow him on his continuing quest for musical fame.

Since Hilburn was cut in “Idol’s” Hollywood round, it will be interesting to see if there is a reunion in store for Halie and Oscar, er, OzCar.

As previously reported, Tulsan Zoanette Johnson was among the “American Idol” Top 40 semifinalists to make it through the Hollywood rounds and on to Las Vegas.

“Idol” continues its search for its Season 12 winner at 7 tonight on Fox.


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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