Hundreds Of Kansans Audition For American Idol

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Friday, August 24, 2012

About 700 people auditioned for the one-day event in Dodge City for a chance to compete on Season 12 of American Idol.

"It's here. It's close, [You] might as well take a chance again," said Tawna Goforth, 23, from Sedgwick.

Goforth has been auditioning for the show since she was 17.

She was excited to hear that the “American Idol Small Town Audition Bus Tour" included Dodge City.

"I think it's so cool that they are going into the heart of the towns to kind of see the people that are working at their dream. You know, they may not be able to go to the big towns and make the audition," she said.

Although smaller crowds came out to watch and fewer people tried out, the audition was similar to those in bigger cities. Each contestant received less than a minute to impress the show's senior producers.

"It was kind of nerve racking," said Goforth.

The show allows auditions from people 15 to 28 years of age. Unfortunately, nerves got the best of some of the younger contestants.

"People you see on TV have so much confidence but then you get up there and you're just like, 'It's really scary,'" said Sydney Torrez, 15, from Dodge City.

The show's senior producers explained what they were looking for from contestants.

"Strong vocals, good performance, presence. There's a lot of things but at the same time, we're not looking for anything specific. We feel like that limits us," said Norm Betts, senior producer for American Idol.

Goforth along with Davie Fischer from Cimarron made it to the second round, where they will audition in front of the executive producers.

If they make it through that round, they will advance and audition in front of the celebrity panel of judges.

Season 12 of American Idol will air in January 2013.

The “American Idol Small Town Audition Bus Tour" included 10 towns: Idaho Falls (ID), Billings (MT), Casper (WY), Rock Rapids (IA), Iowa City (IA), Bowling Green (KY), Clarksdale (MS), Joplin (MO), Dodge City (KS), and Grand Junction (CO).

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