American Idol Auditions In Louisville

By Roger Seay - email


UPDATE: Several Tri-State singers have made it through to the second round, which will be on Sept. 7 and 8 in Louisville. In that round, singers will audition for the chance to sing in front of judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.


Hundreds of people spent the night in the parking lot of Louisville's Freedom Hall waiting for their chance to be the next American Idol.

When the doors open at 8am the expected crowd of 20,000 will file through the doors and into their assigned seat. The seating tickets were handed out over the weekend at a round the clock registration.

Once inside American Idol producers will bring the singers to the arena floor where they will tryout before one of 24 judges. Each person will have less than 30 seconds to make a good impression on the judge.

Those that pass will be given a colored card pass to the next round. The "non-winners" will be sent out the back door of the arena.

The folks who hope to impress today's judges come from all over the Midwest- Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis. Once they begin to line up the line is expected to go past the south wing of the fairgrounds around to the back of the building and into the grassy field near the horse barns.

Raymond Carter, a 19-year-old receptionist, was standing in line for the auditions. He says he goes to bed and wakes up singing.

Twenty-one-year-old Ross Hammond drove from Michigan for his third try at getting on the show.

An "American Idol" film crew was looking for someone in line who could sing "My Old Kentucky Home." They found Lexie Kemper, a University of Kentucky graduate and former Miss Teen Kentucky in 1999. She says she was auditioning mostly for fun.

FOX television stations are here from Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Louisville where the local station is doing its entire morning show on location.

Much of the time spent this morning will be getting the location shots for the broadcast. Workers spent Sunday night putting together a jib camera for the exterior shots of the crowd and the line around the building.

Before the judges hear any of the singers Monday morning they will also have the entire crowd sing a song and do a cheer.

Louisville is one of eight cities hosting auditions for the show.

The Associated Press contributed to this story