'Idol' auditions in OKC to air soon
BY HEATHER WARLICK NewsOK.com
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
1/16/13 at 6:50 AM
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 the capital'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. "Oklahoma City was nothing how I imagined it."
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Ryan Seacrest was on hand for the "American Idol" auditions at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. DAVID McDANIEL / The Oklahoman
Contestants wait for their "American Idol" auditions at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown Oklahoma City in July. DAVID McDANIEL / The Oklahoman