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Idol touts turnout of first two ‘Idol’ audition sites

CREDIT: AP

CREDIT: AP

“American Idol” hasn’t had much to cheer about the past year. Lackluster contestants and declining ratings don’t make great press releases.

But the show released one yesterday touting the 26,000 people who showed up for auditions in Nashville (16,000, see photo to the right) and Milwaukee (10,000). Last year, a bit more than 9,000 showed up to Atlanta.

“The numbers of people turning up to the American Idol auditions in Nashville and Milwaukee have been incredible,” said show creator Simon Fuller, in a release. “These attendance figures are significantly up on the last few years, and there is clearly renewed excitement and interest in the show, which is great to see.”

Perhaps the change in age requirement to 15 from 16 drew more people. (The upper end remains 28.) The show producers are now readying New Orleans as the next audition site for season ten.

The judges – Randy Jackson, Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi and a person to be named later – are expected to show up at the respective cities in September once these thousands of contestants are pared to a few hundred.

As I’ve noted earlier, I’m not sure if these are actually numbers of people who try out or were the number of people who showed up, including friends and family.

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Rickster

July 23rd, 2010
1:13 pm

Of course, with 15 year-olds able to audition, there had to be at least one adult driver to take them. So that would automatically increase the number of people showing up.

Rickster

July 23rd, 2010
1:22 pm

And I wonder how many show up hoping to be seen on TV yelling “I’m the next American Idol!”

Mercedes S.

July 23rd, 2010
1:24 pm

“at least one adult driver”…per 15-year old, I guess.
If anybody is interested, posted comments about “Salt” and “Ramona and Bezus” at very end of previous thread.

kelly&carriefan

July 23rd, 2010
2:49 pm

Mercedes, thanks for the review.

Also, regarding the higher turnout: it could also be the economy. I mean, if I had the time to just go off, I’d try to audition. Provided I could sing… ;)

Mercedes S.

July 23rd, 2010
3:25 pm

kcfan, who says you have to be able to sing? Non-singers seem to get more face time that the ones who can hit a note.

Rickster

July 23rd, 2010
3:38 pm

If Brett Michaels was lobbying as hard for the 4th judge gig (as it was reported) – this was NOT a smart thing to do: (Ready, aim at foot, FIRE!) :-)

- NewsCore

– July 23, 2010

Rocker Bret Michaels Busted for Pot, Other Drugs on Tour Bus
LOS ANGELES

Indiana police found marijuana and other unidentified controlled substances on rocker Bret Michaels’ tour buses, The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel reported Friday.

Indiana police found marijuana and other unidentified controlled substances on rocker Bret Michaels’ tour buses, The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel reported Friday.

Two tour buses, one of which carried the rock star, were pulled over in DeKalb County, northeast Indiana, before midnight local time Wednesday.

Police stopped the caravan because a trailer connected to one of the buses did not have a license plate light.

SLIDESHOW: Bret Michaels’ Rock Star Career

Officers launched a drug search on the first bus after narcotics-detection dogs reportedly began acting strangely, The DeKalb Star reported.

Police then searched the second bus, where Michaels was a passenger, and also found illegal drugs. The veteran rocker was reportedly very cooperative in allowing the searches.

Police made no arrests but charges have been forwarded to the DeKalb County Prosecutor’s Office. Both buses were allowed to continued.

Michaels, former frontman of rock band Poison and the 2010 winner of the “Celebrity Apprentice 3,” is currently on his “Roses & Thorns” tour in the U.S.

The 47-year-old recently overcame a brain aneurysm and a “warning stroke” earlier in 2010.

Rickster

July 23rd, 2010
4:11 pm

Returning to the last thread… I still favor Harry… if only because of Chris Isaak’s hair. He’s GOT to do something about that ‘do! :-

JTesla

July 23rd, 2010
4:28 pm

Wait, was anyone on the planet surprised that his bus would contain marijuana?

My problem with Bret is that he is trying too hard. It would be all about him, and we already have enough of that.

Rickster

July 23rd, 2010
4:37 pm

Other than Bret… no one. And he was only surprised they pulled the bus over! (Couldn’t he have flushed it?)

JTesla

July 23rd, 2010
4:50 pm

Who would search his bus, don’t they know he had a brain aneurysm?

That was probably his argument.

Rickster

July 23rd, 2010
4:51 pm

Well folks.. it’s Friday afternoon.. the A/C in the offices has been off/on all day (seems off at the moment) – so I’m going to bug out a couple of minutes early.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

MyPatooti

July 23rd, 2010
4:54 pm

In regards to previous posts about the # showing up in Nashville, I understand from newspaper accounts(in Nashville) that was based on the number of wristbands handed out. There were 2 days(Thur and Fri) set aside for that and then those people had to show up starting early Sat. AM to actually audition. Heard it went into Sunday also. At least they came to N’ville this time, maybe the talent will actually improve. The town is loaded, and YES, LOTS OF THE NEW COUNTRY STARS ARE FROM GEORGIA!!!!!!! The only thing there is more of in NashVegas than country music star wanna-bees is country music writer wanna-bees!!!!

dawg

July 23rd, 2010
5:11 pm

American Idol is going to be horrible without Simon. I Predict that they will loose rating because half the audience watched just for his rude (yet funny) comments.

RK

July 23rd, 2010
5:18 pm

I’m sure that was medical marijuana.

Highlander

July 23rd, 2010
6:35 pm

“And he was only surprised they pulled the bus over! (Couldn’t he have flushed it?)” – Rickster, 4:37pm

Hey, Rickster, it’s a tour bus. That means when you flush, the substance just goes into a ’septic’ tank to be emptied later. It’s still there on the bus, so the drug dogs would still alert to it. (Might be a bit harder for the officers to find it, though!) :-)

Highlander

July 23rd, 2010
6:41 pm

Really not looking forward to all the 15 year old “singers” this up-coming season! Just means a greater multitude of tuneless prospects who have been convinced by Grandma and Auntie they they sound great!

I bet Simon feels he got out just in time.

Highlander

July 23rd, 2010
6:42 pm

Make that “THAT they sound great.”

I-Ninjakicksbackvectrex

July 24th, 2010
8:27 am

Tons of 15 year olds could outsing Lee, Casey, and smiling tim.

Highlander

July 24th, 2010
10:48 am

@I-Ninjakicksbackvectrex – Try again ’cause that’s not really a good argument for lowering the audition age!

Mercedes S.

July 24th, 2010
12:41 pm

Good Morning and Good Afternoon… Atanta is beyond hot. 113 in the sun and no rain ever again.

Highlander

July 24th, 2010
1:50 pm

Remember, Mercedes, …it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. Right?!

I love all those people who tout Arizona, Nevada, etc. with “It’s a DRY heat.” Yeah, right! So is a CONVECTION OVEN! :D

Dee252

July 26th, 2010
10:00 pm

Has anyone heard or does anyone have any speculations on what type of audition the MySpace will be? Do you think it’s any shot al all for someone to get a chance? Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to one of the locations because they were such a far distance.