Hundreds of hopeful singers arrived at the Brooklyn Expo Center in New York City on Tuesday (July 23) on the first official day of American Idol 2020 auditions.
American Idol season 1 runner-up, Justin Guarini was on hand to give auditioners advice.
“American Idol is about talent, but it’s also about story,” Justin told 7 ABC. “So if I were a record executive and I came to you with a contract, and I said, ‘OK, what kind of record do you want to make? What kind of clothes do you want to wear? Who are the people that you’re singing to or singing for?’ you should have those answers prepared. Because talent will take you only so far. Your story is going to take you over the top.”
Season 2019 2nd runner-up Madison VanDenburg, an Albany New York native, was in the house and also had advice for the hopefuls.
“They should take a few minutes to themselves before the audition and just calm down and maybe even warm up a little bit before they go in, and just really get into a head space where they’re ready to go in and sing and do what they’re meant to do,” she told ABC 7. “And it’s going to go great as long as they just focus and just calm down before they go into the room, and they’re going to be fine.”
The next American Idol audition stop is August 20 in Mobile, Alabama. See the full schedule HERE. American Idol returns to ABC for season 3 in Spring 2020.
From the American Idol Instagram stories:
Madison wrote on Instagram: “I was so honored to meet @justinguarini today in NYC at the @americanidol auditions kickoff!! I’m so happy I got to talk to a few people auditioning today in NYC and give them some tips that I would’ve loved to know before I auditioned.”