There was no need to begin lining up for
Did that keep some applicants from arriving around midnight for auditions that wouldn't begin until after 8 a.m.?
Of course not. This was "American Idol" auditions, where dreams and over-enthusiasm can often get in the way of logic (and, in some cases, work). But then there are those who go, not so much to compete, but to be around the "Idol" atmosphere. And in those cases, arriving early makes more sense.
"I do this pretty much every year," said Allison Keck, a 17-year-old Neoga, Ill., resident who auditioned in St. Louis last year and Milwaukee the year before that. "It's an experience. It's so much fun. You meet so many new people. It's fun and nerve-wracking at the same time."
Some spent the morning trying desperately to get on the Fox cameras or taking part in singalongs (everything from
The crowd of around 9,000 had its share of colorful outfits and props (
"Costumes are fun on camera," said "Idol" senior supervising producer Patrick Lynn. "Do they work to get you to the next round? Not necessarily."
The next round is the executive producers' auditions, which will take place at a to-be-determined date and location in Chicago. Those who make it past that round will then try out again in Chicago in front of the "Idol" judges panel, whoever that may be (rumors have included
"We can tell who's got potential from hearing them and looking at them in about 20 seconds," Seacrest said.
That's not to say they always get it right. Wheeling native
"To be honest, I wasn't even going to try out (the second time)," said Reinhart, who was in attendance Thursday to lend her support. "
"After going through it and standing at the end of the line and getting to where I am now, it's just an amazing feeling. I'm so excited for all these hopeful dreamers out there."