A Confident Bunch
More than 10,000 people packed into Reliant Stadium Friday, singing in circles, primping their hair and eating greasy concession stand food at 9:30 a.m. It was all part of "preparing" to audition for the 11th season of American Idol.
To weed out almost everyone, 12 non-celebrity judges heard each Idol hopeful to decide if they were good enough or bad enough to make it onto national television. Only about 20 Texans were selected to move on and audition in front of Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler (who will be in Galveston next week). All the others were sent home — some for the 11th year in a row. (There are would-be Idol contestants who travel around the country and audition year after year after year . . . rejection after rejection after rejection).
Idol host Ryan Seacrest mingled with some of the throngs outside of Reliant in the morning, but the celebrity judges were not in Houston.
Talent was not easy to find among the masses as you see in the video highlighting the most "interesting" singers CultureMap came across.