The Idol Experience
I have been a fan of American Idol since Season 1. My fiance had never watched it until I introduced him to it this past season. As we were watching one of the early audition shows, I asked, “Have you ever considered trying out?” The thought had never crossed his mind. The more we watched the show, the more open to it he became. When I found out that they were holding auditions in Austin, Texas, we planned our College Station A&M tour around it.
We had to “register” for Idol two days prior to the event, during which they gave us tickets (specific seats in the Coliseum for audition day) and paper wristbands that got us in the door that morning. (Stay tuned for a story regarding my wristband tomorrow.)
Here is our Idol Experience:
4:00 a.m. – Alarm clock goes off
4:30 a.m. – Leave hotel to walk to the Coliseum (to avoid the traffic fiasco)
5:00 a.m. – Waiting in line. Pouring sweat. Told to “sit.”
7:00 a.m. – Doors to the Coliseum open
7:45 a.m. – In our assigned seats
8:15 a.m. – Ryan Seacrest shows up. 5 takes later, we’ve shot the opening to the show.
9:00 a.m. – Floor of the Coliseum is set up with 10 auditioning stations, each with 2 judges. Auditions start. 4 people at a time file in front of each table. Each sings until the judges cut them off. After brief deliberation, they are told their fate.
3:30 p.m. – Jonathan auditions. He didn’t “get the golden ticket.” We were disappointed, but he was encouraged that the judges asked him to sing a second song (something they didn’t do for others in his group). Auditioners were told that they’re looking for something “different” this season. (It will be interesting to see what that is when the shows begin airing in January.)
We saw and met a lot of interesting people (a girl in a cow costume, a large woman in a small Wonder Woman costume, someone on roller skates, etc). All in all, it was a fun adventure!