Toby Keith Spoofs ‘American Idol,’ Military Style
Toby Keith welcomes a new I Love This Bar and Grill in Mesa, Arizona on June 3. True to his commitment to American troops, Toby is giving current active duty or veterans of the U.S. Military a chance to become the next "American Soldier Idol," in a talent contest prior to the restaurant's grand opening festivities. The entertainer partnered with Veteran Tickets Foundation to sponsor the contest, which will have one grand prize winner taking home an all access VIP package to the opening day festivities, including a meet and greet with Toby at the special invitation-only event.
Musical military men and women have submitted videos of themselves singing Toby's hit, 'I Love this Bar,' and now it's your chance to help pick the winner. You can vote on the top five entries at www.vettix.org, starting this Friday (May 29) at 5 PM ET through Sunday (May 31) at 11:59 PM ET. The winner will be announced on June 1 on the website.
The grand prize winner and three of his or her friends will receive one night's accommodations at the Scottsdale Hyatt Place Hotel, limo service to and from I Love This Bar and Grill, VIP passes to the party, and a gift certificate to the restaurant. Keith's facility has also donated 100 passes to the grand opening to be distributed to members of the military.
The 20,000-square foot restaurant and club, which actually opened in April, boasts an 85-foot guitar shaped bar. Among its features: a VIP lounge with private bar, two private dining rooms, a mechanical bull, dance floor and a store selling Keith's CDs and clothing, including a Whiskey Girl t-shirt or a jar of the singer's special barbeque rub. The restaurant serves Southern fare including fried bologna sandwiches and deep fried Twinkies with bananas and whipped cream. The restaurant's "Arizona 100-Ounce Challenge" includes a 32-ounce beef patty, 4 ounces of cheese and 6 ounces of "fixin's" on a 10-ounce bun, along with 16 ounces of "Freedom fries" and a 32-ounce beverage. So far no one has been able to meet the challenge of eating the whole thing.
Toby owns several I Love This Bar and Grill locations, including another new one in Las Vegas.