Knoxville 'Idol' hopefuls line up in Krutch Park to audition

Knoxville 'Idol' hopefuls line up in Krutch Park to audition

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Singers hoping to be the country's next "American Idol" superstar were in Knoxville's Krutch Park Friday to audition. Singers hoping to be the country's next "American Idol" superstar were in Knoxville's Krutch Park Friday to audition.
People from around East Tennessee came to show off their talents and hopefully get selected for the show. People from around East Tennessee came to show off their talents and hopefully get selected for the show.
Idol hopeful Bethany Shaw was in line at 2 a.m. Idol hopeful Bethany Shaw was in line at 2 a.m.
"We're looking for a star today," explained senior producer Brian Robinson. "We're looking for a star today," explained senior producer Brian Robinson.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Singers hoping to be the country's next "American Idol" superstar were in Knoxville's Krutch Park Friday to audition.

Auditions for the TV show American Idol were scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The auditions are part of a nationwide bus tour as producers searching for participants in the talent show.

Overnight camping was not allowed in the park, but many of the young people there to audition got up well before dawn to line up there.

Idol hopeful Bethany Shaw was in line at 2 a.m.

"The last time I auditioned was in Nashville, and we got there around the same time. And there was already about 500 people in front of us," said Shaw.

Visit Knoxville President Kim Bumpas says she and the city worked to bring the American Idol tour bus to Knoxville. She says while she expected excitement, she didn't expect such a large turnout.

"I didn't realize when I was walking down the street at 6 a.m. that there was going to be people in parked cars, and there was going to be this huge line when I walked up," said Bumpas.

Producers with the show say while the tour bus idea is still relatively new, the audition process is the same as it is in Hollywood. They say they are looking for someone they can envision making it to the finale.

"You know talent when it comes up. Within a few seconds, you think this person could make records. This person could be a star. We're looking for a star today," explained senior producer Brian Robinson.

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