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6/18: More from Idol auditions, including that America’s Got Talent gal

I probably could have found a way to sneak inside but having seen it before, I figured it wasn’t much different this time around.

According to folks who did try out, they set up 14 tables along the football field from endzone to endzone. They brought people up to each table in groups of four. The winners exited one side, everybody else the other. The folks who didn’t make it had their pink wristbands ceremoniously snipped before leaving via the “stairs of shame” outside Gate E of the Dome. Many of the rejected trudged up the stairs like they had just been through a world war.

Carl Lubbe, 28, a Roswell singer with the band Taveren, didn’t get past round one after coming by for “kicks and giggles.” He estimated how many people funneled people through the first hour based on the pacing and the number of tables. He calculated “Idol” first-round judges heard at least 800 people and passed through maybe 10. The Dome audience would cheer everytime someone got the ticket to move on.

I watched traffic up the winner’s stairs off Gate E this morning and maybe 15 to 20 people were getting by per hour. Given the number of people wanting to try out, they will likely be going into the evening.

Joe Arnotti a preppy-looking dude from Marietta who sang for us earlier that morning (see video below), failed to make the cut after trying “My Girl.” “I didn’t make it, but whatever,” he said, with a shrug.

But Holly Hardin of Rockmart made it past the first round. She will come back tomorrow and go through two or three more rounds before she has a shot to sing before Simon, Randy, Kara and Paula at some later date. Here’s the video of her singing for us today:

She told media facetiously that she figured 49% of the reason why she made it past the first round was her guitar costume, which she wore on Halloween and purchased for $50. (Interestingly, not that many people were wearing outrageous costumes today.)

Here’s Holly when she performed last year on “America’s Got Talent.”:

Krissa Quill, a 29-year-old Atlanta bartender at Halo and Dantana’s who won a contest through Q100, also made it through the first round. “I think Q100 helped me,” she said. She said this was her third (and presumably last, given her age) time she was giving “Idol” a shot.

Erica Cowans of Tucker, 26, also made that early cut. She said she tried “Summertime” (the song Fantasia made famous), then was asked to do something else. To show her versatility, she did Maroon 5’s “She Will Be Loved.” That worked. This was her second time to try out but she felt she was too timid the last time. “This time, I really wanted it,” she said.

My guess is 150 to 200 people will make it out of the 10,000 or so this first day. From there, the producers will pare that down to 50 to 100 people for the TV judges to check out.

18 comments Add your comment

JTesla

June 18th, 2009
12:55 pm

Great work Rodney! Thanks.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

June 18th, 2009
2:11 pm

keep up the good work, Rodney :-) hope you’ve got plenty of water to drink!!! it’s freaking HOT out there!!!

harriett

June 18th, 2009
2:13 pm

Very good, Rodney! Thank you!

wreckedpizza

June 18th, 2009
2:20 pm

Rodney’s the man! Stay cool (yeah, right) and hydrated. Will check in after work tonight to see what else our man blogs for us.

Deidre, thanks and I will comment from time to time. I “tote” love reading this blog. Til later, have a good one.

Lara

June 18th, 2009
2:34 pm

Oh dear lord…now people will be smoking to improve their singing voices – I am so totes oves that! I am sick of it – ick! Poor Rodney, having to hang in the sun and heat and SMOKE!!!
Interesting guitar outfit….

Mercedes S.

June 18th, 2009
2:38 pm

My respect for the Idol judges, especially the pre-judges, has risen manifold, after watching Rodney’s samples. The only one who has a chance of making it to Simon and Friends is Megan Swimmer, and possibly Guitar Girl, for her costume and Pickler imitation.

harriett

June 18th, 2009
2:38 pm

The Jeff Arculeta prostitute story is on the front page of MSN.com now, with David’s photo, poor guy.

Mercedes S.

June 18th, 2009
2:39 pm

Harriet, it does take nerves of steel to be a celebrity these days.

JTesla

June 18th, 2009
3:04 pm

I’m still looking forward to the headline of “Archuleta wh0res it up in Utah”

harriett

June 18th, 2009
3:09 pm

I have a meeting that is taking me away from the office now, so I will say adieu for today. Looking forward to SYTYCD results tonight. Again, thanks for your efforts today, Rodney! You’re our hero!

Woodpappy

June 18th, 2009
3:36 pm

Interesting reading Rodney, Thanks much.

Highlander

June 18th, 2009
4:08 pm

Rodney, great job keeping us updated on the GA Dome AI auditions. Can’t say I was impressed by any of the 10 hopefuls featured on the front page link. Some simply trying too hard, others simply falling flat (or sharp)!

And I’d like to amend my headline suggestion for the Jeff Archuleta story, just to be sure to bring out the hordes (be sure to pronounce the ‘d’) of Archimaniacs again.

Idol blog headline: “Once again, no happy ending for Archuleta!”

Deirdre

June 18th, 2009
4:31 pm

I’m back! Aren’t y’all lucky??? :-)

Rodney, thanks for braving the heat and the bad singers to bring us an up close and personal look at aspiring Idols. Stay cool for the rest of the day…it’s even hotter now than it was earlier.

Arealblkwmn

June 18th, 2009
7:31 pm

SOOOOOOOOOO Sad that some of these people really think THEY CAN SING!!!!! A psych major would have a field day at these tryouts !

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ajclover3992

June 20th, 2009
5:57 pm

contestant 9 should’ve gotten through. and the polls show it too. Good job rodney keep up the good work. I enjoy reading your stuff :)

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Natasha Walker

January 14th, 2010
3:22 pm

Get it Joe!!!!!! lol #1