Hundreds of aspiring singers are auditioning for American Idol in the Carolinas. Casting directors for the show were in Myrtle Beach Thursday as part of its bus stop tour.
American Idol hopefuls started lining up around 7 a.m. for their chance to audition In front of three of Idol's producers. This is the first step in getting an audition in front of the show's judges.
Leah Price, 18, from Wilmington, was one of the hundreds who auditioned. She was also one of the few who made it through to the next round of the audition process.
Immediately after getting the thumbs up, Price's reaction was, well, priceless.
"Unreal!" she exclaimed. "I can't even believe it right now!"
Price is active in local theater and plans to attend East Carolina University in the fall.
She sang Feeling Good for the producer and was asked to sing a second song, so she belted out a few seconds of a Bruno Mars song.
She says she shut out all the other singers and all the pressure during her chance.
"You just have to go in with the right mind set and be confident," she said. "I was planning ahead for what I was going to do on Hollywood week and it must have worked."
It worked, making her third time trying out for Idol a charm.
The audition process in Myrtle Beach started at 9 a.m. and continued thru 5 p.m. Auditions were held adjacent to the beach on Ocean Blvd between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.
If you missed the Myrtle Beach stop, you can audition online by going to www.americanidol.com.
Show producer Brian Robinson offered this advice when it comes to trying out for the singing competition.
"Do some studying on the show also on the radio," Robinson explained. "What we're looking to do is put an artist out in the next year that's going to be relevant in today's music scene. Pick a song that fits you but also shows us what kind of record you want to make after the show."
Here's more information on the auditions: http://www.americanidol.com/news/the-american-idol-bus-tour-is-coming-your-way
Also, new this year, American Idol is rewarding those who are the contestants' biggest supporters.
The show is giving out a special "American Idol true believer" reward.
Each contestant names his or her "True Believer" and that person has the opportunity to win $50,000 if their contestant wins the show. To learn more, click here: http://idol.ly/true-believer-rules
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