They came one, they came all. Over 16,000 potential contestants stormed Nashville with a pocket full of Idol dreams. Each one hoping to stand out from the crowd for a chance at making the line up on one of the most successful talent shows ever.
City blocks were filled with singers and wannabes who began to gather for American Idol’s first audition for Season 10 this past Thursday, July 15. Some relaxed, others slept, arriving early determined not to be denied an opportunity. They waited to get through phase one of the auditions–register and receive that all-important wrist band. This would be their ticket to ride. After they got that wrist band, they were in for Saturday’s audition commencing at 5am.
Meanwhile, the American Idol team was preparing for the aspiring stars behind the scenes. With their staff of 50 who will be taking this show across the country to several cities, they have the system down pat. The group from 19 Entertainment will be checking out Idol hopefuls in New Orleans on July 26, East Rutherford, NJ, on August 3, Austin, Texas, on August 11, and San Francisco, August 19.
It’s a long, arduous process, and anyone who wants a chance has to be prepared to spend a lot of time waiting. Once the Bridgestone Arena doors opened and they got inside, the rest was up to them. Assigned to small groups of four, each contestant had only a few seconds to show them their “goods.” That’s it. With thousands to have to listen to, the Idol production crew then had the task of cutting and selected the very best, a few hundred voices.
Even contestants who don’t make the cut may find themselves for a brief moment or two on the show come fall when it makes its season comeback. Camera shots of the crowd, poignant and individual stories are usually carved out of these audition dates. Take Brooke Eden, a former Season 7 Idol contestant who had a run all the way to Hollywood before her journey with Idol ended. Eden is back again, attempting to keep her dream alive, giving stardom another try.
Then there are the zany characters who audition with not a chance-in-a million of making it, (and probably shouldn’t even be there). Some have “unique” singing styles, “strange” acts, while others show up making questionable fashion statements that end up as good fodder for the Idol camera and the TV audience.
American Idol staffers have made their choices in Nashville, propelling a few one step closer to the Idol stage in Hollywood. As these singers forge ahead to continue their quest it will be a long road, indeed. For now, the show moves on to the next city and another batch of waiting musical hopefuls who want a chance to vie for the crown to be our next American Idol.