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By Gene Davis, DENVER DAILY NEWS
It’s unknown if the next Kelly Clarkson, Kris Allen or Jordin Sparks was among the hundreds of people who registered Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High for the chance to audition for “American Idol”, but one thing is certain — the colorful group of hopefuls weren’t short of enthusiasm.
“American Idol,” the hit Fox reality show that’s gearing up for its ninth season, chose Denver as one of the seven cities in which to hold auditions. Sunday and Monday mark the registration period when anybody between the ages of 16 and 28 and is eligible to work in the U.S. can sign up for the auditions taking place in Denver on Tuesday.
Idol contestants hoping to hear, “You’re going to Hollywood,” lined up as early as midnight Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High to register. However, by 10 a.m., there was no line whatsoever.
“I’m happily surprised with how quick and easy it was,” said Fort Collins 17-year-old Marissa Borthwick.
While the Denver-metro area was well represented at the American Idol pre-registration Sunday, many Hollywood hopefuls at Invesco had traveled from out of state for their chance to audition.
Tennessee resident Taylor Fox arrived at the stadium after driving 24 hours straight with a friend. Fox failed to make it to the next round when auditioning in Atlanta and was hopeful that the second time would be the charm.
“I learned the ropes and this is the last chance to come back and have one more opportunity to live the dream,” she said.
Nerves were noticeably high for some “American Idol” hopefuls.
Denver resident Jess Perez said she still needed to figure out what song she was going to sing on Tuesday and that she was “really, really scared.” Thankfully, Perez had three friends come out to support her, one of whom promised to wake her up in time for her Tuesday audition.
As an “American Idol” audition veteran, Fox had several words of advise for contestants like Perez who had never auditioned for the show.
“You will just be sitting there, then you’re tired, you practice some, watch other people go and you’re like I just want to go and go home,” she said. “I switched my song at the last minute last time and that really messed me up. Last minute changes are not good, just stick to the plan, stick to your strengths and be yourself.”
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