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"American Idol" wannabes sing their hearts out in Denver

John Hendrickson and Joanne Ostrow
Denver Post
Denver, CO Colorado
An impromtu band calling themselves Air Supply II belt out Last Name by Carrie Underwood. The group, from Tennessee, Michigan, Oklahoma and Colorado had just met in line this morning but performed like they had known each other forever. After two days of registering, over 9,000 hopeful future American Idols stood in line to get ready to audition on the popular singing show. Denver is the last of seven stops around the nation. The other cities where auditions were held were: Dallas, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Orlando, and Atlanta. The event is taking place at Invesco Field at Mile High. This is the first round of auditions. The second round will be in August and the final round in Los Angeles soon after. Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post

For several thousand anxious celebrities-in-training, today was a day of waiting.

Waiting in a line around Invesco Field at Mile High from 5 a.m., then waiting for hours in the stands. Waiting in quartets for their chance to sing a few bars for a table of judges without the names Paula, Simon, Randy.

Waiting for a yes or a no.

“There are nuggets (of talent) here,” “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest told a battery of reporters. “We’re sifting through and trying to find them.”

Seacrest’s new three-year contract with “Idol,” a reported $45 million deal, made headlines this week. “It’s a part of all these jobs,” said the busiest man in Hollywood. “For me it was really rather quiet and simple.”

Supervising producer Patrick Lynn said approximately 9,000 would-be Idols registered to audition in Denver.

After her audition, 20-year-old Ashley Tidwell from Monmouth, Ore., sat alone outside the stadium, cheeks flushed, waiting for her ride. “I didn’t see anyone get a golden ticket while I was there,” Tidwell said. “I personally didn’t think they were taking us seriously.”

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