Oklahoma City's growth to shine on 'American Idol'
BY HEATHER WARLICK NewsOK.com
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City's thriving downtown and Boathouse District will be featured for an audience of millions on Season 12 of “American Idol.” The show premieres at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Fox.
In July, the show held auditions in the city for the first time, and an estimated 10,000 hopefuls came to audition at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Ryan Seacrest and the production crew of “Idol” narrowed the thousands to hundreds.
Callbacks were held in October and November in Oklahoma City's Boathouse District.
“The boathouse is wonderful isn't it? It's terrific,” said Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of “American Idol” in a media conference call. “Some very, very good talent, which we were pleased with. Oklahoma City was nothing how I imagined it.”
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'Idol' features host Ryan Seacrest and new judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, along with returning judge Randy Jackson. Courtesy