American Idol 12 Chicago Auditions: Which Former Hopefuls are Back for More?

American Idol hopefuls begin lining up in New Orleans today to register for auditions set to take place on Tuesday July 17.

Last Thursday, 9,000 hopefuls lined up to audition for American Idol. Season 10 alum, Haley Reinhart was there to give host Ryan Seacrest a hand and encourage the kids waiting in line. Ironically, Haley auditioned in Chicago in Season 9 and was turned down. She passed the following season in Milwaukee, and the rest is history as it were!

“We can tell who’s got potential from hearing them and looking at them in about 20 seconds,” Ryan said of the potential auditioners.

I’m hearing that Season 11 contenders, Johnny Keyser (tragically cut in Las Vegas) and Richie Law (Heejun Han nemesis cut at the Top 40) both auditioned and made it through.

Also, I have a correction to make. The Shelby who auditioned for X Factor is NOT Shelby Tweten, who auditioned in Aspen last year (she sang to work through her bi-polar disorder).  She auditioned for Idol in Chicago last week and made it through to the next round.

Thanks Paige!

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