'American Idol' auditions start in Oklahoma City
BY HEATHER WARLICK NewsOK.com
Friday, July 20, 2012
7/20/12 at 2:29 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY - The excitement in the air in downtown Oklahoma City on Friday was as palpable as the Oklahoma summer humidity when about 10,000 people crowded Thunder Alley, ready for their chance to be the next “American Idol.”
It was audition day for the Fox TV talent show, and the crowd started gathering as early as 2 a.m., though the festivities didn't start until about 7 a.m.
That's when camera crews boarded cherry pickers, key grips hoisted their microphones on boom stands and “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest made his first appearance to shoot footage for the show.
“I love you, Ryan!” several people shouted from the star-struck crowd. Seacrest smiled, waved, talked with people and kept a cheerful, energetic attitude during the shots.
Nick Conroy, 17, of Tulsa, won a “golden ticket” while visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando - a ticket that moved him to the head of the line for Friday’s auditions. Unfortunately, the senior at Augustine Christian Academy won’t be going to the next round.
But that won’t stop him from trying again, he said.
World Scene Writer Jason Ashley Wright contributed to this report.
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Contestant Bailey Adams waiting for her American Idol auditions at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown Oklahoma City, Friday. DAVID McDANIEL/NewsOK.com