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My American Idol Experience : Part 2

To read about my first day of My American Idol Experience, click HERE.

And now to begin my 2nd and final installment, entitled:

The Big Wait

So I had my wristband, my ticket with my seat number, my release forms, and my songs. I was totally ready to go.

The sheets that the producers gave us requested that we show up on the day of the audition at 5am.


Yeah, right.
I texted my friend, Mary, to explain to her that showing up that early for the day of the audition is not only crazy, but it's also completely unnecessary. The only reason the producers ask everyone to show up at the butt-crack of dawn is so they can take big outside crowd shots of people screaming and waving their arms.

See, world? People still show up for these auditions! 
That gives us validity, right?  

It would appear to be so, America Idol. It would appear to be so.

So instead of standing in line for an ungodly amount of time and dying from heat stroke, we simply showed up at 8 and were quickly ushered into our seats. We were outside for maybe 15-20 minutes. Clever, eh?

We were also charmingly dressed in our grungiest clothing, because we had stepped out of line when getting our wristbands and, as a result, were going to be singing much later in the day than  pretty much anyone. That way, we could spruce up and dress when it came time for us to sing.

Once inside, we relaxed and halfheartedly participated in the group shots of screaming auditioners and chatted it up with the people surrounding us. Once again, auditioning for American Idol was proving to be quite entertaining, despite the thick, atmospheric soup of humidity that awaited us outside.

After around an hour of waiting while people sang, we suddenly saw that our section was beginning to stand and move down to the floor of the arena.


We weren't even dressed at that point! Makeup-less and with our hair all mussed, the two of us began scrambling to put on our designated outfits and coating our faces with foundation, mascara, and other various facial enhancers. It was a shock to be singing this early in the game, but there was nothing that could be done. I was glad to have done some vocal warm-ups while everyone else was hooting and hollering at the cameras earlier.

In around 30 minutes, we found ourselves in a line of nervous hopefuls, anxiously inching toward the head of the line. Ah, the suspense!

5 minutes later, I sang my heart out in front of 2 judges while 3 other hopefuls stood next to me. I thought I was going to be nervous, but, honestly, meh... I had the pre-audition adrenaline going, but there weren't really any butterflies.

After I sang, the judge looked at me and said, "Damn, girl! You've got some pipes!"

Ooh! Really? That's exciting! "Thanks!"

"Unfortunately, however, you're not what we're looking for this season. Seriously, though, keep singing."

"Hah. Ok! Thanks!"

And that was that.

I stood outside waiting for Mary because she was in another group from me, and while I was waiting a family came up to me and started asking me questions about the process. I filled them in and informed them that, despite what they show on the weekly broadcast, the all-important 4 judges were not present for this audition. In fact, they wouldn't even see the contestants for a few months.

They were a bit disappointed to know that they weren't going to be rubbing elbows with anyone famous that day, but they decided that it was a good idea to ask me to sing my audition song. I was resistent at first, saying, "Oh, no. You don't want to hear that." But the insisted.

I mean, what do I care? I'm never going to see these people again. Why not?

So I sang.

And one of them pulled out her camera.

So if you see me singing "Ain't No Way" by Aretha Franklin on YouTube, you'll know why. haha

By that point, Mary had joined me, and we made our way home.

And that was my 3rd American Idol experience.

Will I do it again? I don't know. If it comes to Nashville again, I don't see why not. I won't be doing any travelling to take part in it, however, so I'll only be participating if it's convenient. I feel like that's pretty accurate.



Lisa Miles said…
What an awesome experience!

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