TMZ's Kelli Carlson -- The Next Kelly Clarkson?

7/12/2006 3:55 PM PDT

Kelli CarlsonTMZ is proud to report that our own Kelli Carlson will audition for the next season of "American Idol."

Carlson will try her luck at the Los Angeles cattle call on August 8 at the Forum. Although she plans to get her voice in top form over the next few weeks, we prodded her into singing "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." We had her to go a vocal booth Wednesday morning near our offices in Glendale, California.

Carlson, who just turned 23, is a producer/camera operator/field producer/fashion editor/lunch truck chick for TMZ.