PROVO (ABC4 Utah News) – Some brought guitars, keyboards or even ukeleles but each of the thousands of American Idol hopefuls showed up with a song and a dream.
Some camped overnight at Courthouse Square on University Avenue for the first chance to audition at 7 a.m.
“I wanted to audition all my life and had munchkins really young and kind of got away from life and joined the military and had a whole adventure,” Crystal Ford of Tooele told ABC4 Utah News. “Now I’m settled and I’m married and it was here in town it was calling to me.”
Asked why she should be the next American Idol, Kersee Robbins of Alpine had a quick response.
“I should be the next American Idol because I have a passion for performing and for singing,” Robbins said. “I just want to do this for the rest of my life.”
Nancy Yearing was one of several American Idol Casting Producers, evaluating the potential contestants.
“There’s been some incredible talent we’ve seen in Provo and Utah itself has always been a hotbed for us,” Yearing said. “Obviously we got David Archuleta out of there. We had Megan Joy Season 8 you know Kenzie Hall and some other really great people who have come from this amazing area.”
Those who made it past the initial round of auditions got a coveted “Golden Ticket” that sent them on the next round of auditions and a meeting with the show’s “Story Team”.
Wednesday’s stop was the 6th on the 19 city American Idol Audition Tour. Next up is Friday in Charleston, South Carolina.