The last of the “cattle call” Season 7 auditions took place in Philadelphia, PA this week. According to American Idol producer Patrick Lynn, there was a “monster turnout.” at Wachovia Stadium. “Three times the size it had been anywhere else, “ Lynn says. Philadelphia is not only the last audition city, but also the only tourstop in the Northeast. All in all, 20, 000 people turned out to audition, the largest turnout in Idol history according to Idol publicists.
Anthony Fedorov worked the crowds at the audition for the local FOX affiliate. Also on hand were Kimberly Caldwell for TV Guide and Constantine Maroulis. According to Kimberly, tryouts in front of the producers are taking place at a secret location Wednesday and Thursday. Auditions in front of Randy, Paula and Simon will take place Saturday and Sunday.
Producer Lynn says, “Philadelphia is the turnaround city, so you’re lucky to be getting all the judging done in one week. In the other cities, we’ve just done the first round preliminaries and so we’ll be revisiting those towns after Philly.” The judges rounds with Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell, will continue through the second week of October.