American Idol 14 auditions began this morning in Minneapolis, MN.
They sang Oasis songs. They posed for selfies. They cheered for host Ryan Seacrest, who pulled up in a blue Mustang to tape promotion bits.
But mostly they dreamed of global stardom.
About 2,000 hopefuls showed up Wednesday morning at Mariucci Arena to audition for “American Idol,” the first time the blockbuster show has visited the Twin Cities since 2006.
The crowd was significant, but not nearly as large and boisterous as the last time around when more than 10,000 people stormed Target Center. The show was at an all-time low last season with an average of 12.3 million viewers.
Two-thousand vs 10,000. Yikes. Also, in the past, auditions would be a 3 day affair, with two days set aside for hopefuls to line up to receive wristbands to avoid camping out the night before.
Season 7 alum, Carly Smithson, will help the staff choose hopefuls to advance to the next round. Five cities are on the audition schedule, along with 10 small towns along the east/west coast bus tour. Click to see the schedule.
KMSP-TV What do the scouts look for in Minneapolis?
“Originality, this is obviously a music area, a lot of great music from here including one of the most famous pop icons of all time, Prince. I think originality is something the judges set out to find each year, and we don’t really know what that means until we start seeing the contestants,” Seacrest said.
Via MyFoxTwinCities Ryan Seacrest is a Gophers fan! Heh.