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    Fri, 23 Sep 2011 15:16:52

    Tim Halperin, Ex-"American Idol" Contestant, Sentenced to "Prison" - No, it's NOT what you think! [an error occurred while processing this directive]

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    Tim Halperin, a top 12 male from Season 10 of American Idol, has been sentenced to prison but it's not the prison you are thinking of. It's American Idol prison from which he will break free on the quick.

    Beginning Monday, Sept. 26, at 5 AM., the singer/songwriter will enter an actual jail cell in the parking lot of West Village Shopping Center in Dallas located at the intersection of Lemmon and McKinney Avenues, just one mile north of downtown Dallas. He'll remain in the jail cell until 9 AM on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

    Why is Halperin imprisoning himself? Well, we'll tell you.

    Symbolic of the contract restrictions placed on Halperin from his time as a top 24 semi-finalist on Season 10 of American Idol, the voluntary prison sentence will be shown LIVE online here.

    The Omaha native and Texas-based artist will release his long-awaited, independently recorded debut full-length album, Rise and Fall on Sept. 27 on iTunes, corresponding with his release from jail and his American Idol contract. Halperin began work on the album in 2010, prior to his time on Idol, and has spent the past year in the studio finalizing the project with producer Jordan Critz, who has worked with The Fray, Third Eye Blind and Lifehouse.

    "This contract has felt like being in prison because I haven't been able to do what I love most: share my music with others," Halperin said. "I was nearly finished with this album more than a year ago, but I've had to wait on its release for several months. I'm finally going to be set free from American Idol prison on Sept. 27, the same day as the release of my debut full-length album on iTunes."

    As part of his prison sentence, Halperin will be accepting donations for Kidd's Kids – a nonprofit founded by nationally syndicated morning show personality Kidd Kraddick, who has hosted Halperin on his show numerous times. The organization offers support to chronically and terminally ill children.

    "The first track on my CD is a song I wrote for Kidd's Kids and all the proceeds from that song will go to the organization," Halperin said.

    Halperin is encouraging local Dallas fans and supporters to visit his jail cell for autographs, pictures and conversation. Fans who donate to Kidd's Kids will be entered into a raffle for a free concert by Halperin.

    What a brilliant publicity stunt to promote himself AND to help a charity. Nice work Tim! You are a good peeps. We like you.

    Are you Dallas resident who will go visit Tim Halperin in prison?

    —Maggie Pannacione

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