One of HollywoodLife.com’s fabulous LA interns auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol, and although she didn’t make it, she knows what steps YOU can take to become the next American Idol!
Hey there, HollywoodLifers!
Michelle here! I want to tell you all about my experience trying to become the next American Idol! Although I didn’t make it, I’m going to let you in on my secret tips for becoming the next Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood!
First of all, you have to apply the day before – and must wake up super early to do so. I’m talking like, 5 AM early. If you don’t get credentialed the day before, no dice for you -– you’re already out of the game.
Anyway, armed with my credentials, I woke up at 3:15 a.m. Sept. 22 to do my hair and make-up just so I could sit outside of the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. for hours waiting to audition.
Half-way through my 4-hour trek into the stadium, I realized that these producers definitely were looking for certain personalities to get on the show. I can’t tell you how many girls and guys were belting Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera right into my ear. But it didn’t matter if you could scale octaves: if you didn’t have a certain look, swagger and personality, you weren’t getting that coveted golden ticket!
The Los Angeles audition had a completely different set-up compared to other cities this season and, unfortunately for me, the judges — who were formally announced once we got into the stadium — left right after their 10-minute appearance. Boo! I wanted to sing for Jennifer Lopez!
Here’s how the audition process worked: Four contestants were lined up in front of each judges’ table. One contestant would step forward, sing their song and then step back until everyone else had gone. Next, the judges would call up who they wanted to cut, and those contestants would exit the building. If you were left standing, they handed you a “golden ticket” which took you to the “winner’s circle.” Normally, this is where the winning contestants would perform over and over again until they reached the judges. But today, if you got that ticket, you were immediately going on the show.
Did I make it all the way through with my song of choice, Fiona Apple’s “Criminal”? Unfortunately, no. But I did make fabulous new friends and had the time of my life! Plus, after watching what worked and what didn’t, I can tell you what it takes to get that “golden ticket:”
1. Ladies, take serious care with what you wear! You wouldn’t wear a tank top and jeans to an interview, so don’t wear them to an audition. Not a single girl who got picked was wearing jeans and a tank top. Instead, opt for something cute and fashionable that’s a definite “look.” Show your personality through your clothing, whether it be a costume or something super chic.
2. The judges have heard all of these songs before –so be original! This is the tenth season of American Idol, and if you think singing every high and low note will make you look unique, you better think twice. I watched plenty of crazy (but good) singers get the hand during their audition because the judges didn’t want to hear anymore Christina Aguilera-esque trilling. I can’t say I blame them!
3. Have fun out there! The contestants who won a golden ticket all sang in an upbeat way and grooved while they belted. Nine times out of 10, the judges asked someone who looked like they had a good time to sing again.
4. Lastly, don’t be a show off! Too many average singers confused “having personality” with having a cocky attitude. The winners were contestants who were ready to have fun and jam with other singers – not those who thought they were better than everybody else!