“American Idol” viewers around the country may get a taste of Portland’s Cherry Lemonade in the New Year.

Portland singer Conor Leigh Tubbs, who performs in local clubs as a woman called Cherry Lemonade, says he’s a contestant on the next edition of the Fox network singing competition. The new season begins Jan. 7.

Tubbs told the Press Herald this month he’d be on the show, but Fox publicists said at the time they could not confirm any upcoming contestants.

On Tuesday, Tubbs posted an “American Idol” video preview of the show’s 24 finalists to his Facebook page. The singers are filmed in shadows. You can’t see the contestants clearly, but you ca hear them sing. Above the video, Tubbs wrote, “See, or rather hear, anybody familiar?”

Neither Fox publicists nor Tubbs could be reached for comment Tuesday.

But Tubbs said this month that he auditioned for the show in July on the Maine State Pier, along with more than 1,000 people.

Tubbs, who grew up in South Portland, is a writer and performer who also works as a bartender. It’s unclear whether he will actually be among the 24 finalists, since Fox has not confirmed his appearance on the show.

The “American Idol” season begins with episodes that show auditions around the country, followed by episodes featuring the people invited to audition in Hollywood. Then episodes featuring weekly performances by the top 24 begin.

Past “American Idol” winners and finalists have gone on to be major music stars, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Chris Daughtry.

To see the video preview of next season’s top 24, go to: Americanidol.com