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Hundreds line up in downtown SA for shot to become next 'American Idol'

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SAN ANTONIO – Hundreds of people lined up Wednesday morning in San Antonio to try and get their 15 minutes of fame. "American Idol" auditions were held in downtown.

The Alamo City is the final stop on the show's nationwide audition tour for the first season of the show on ABC.

Half asleep but full of hope, aspiring stars were there at the crack of dawn trying to make it to Hollywood. Some want to live out a dream.

Shelby Brown drove five and half hours from Nacogdoches, Texas. She has wanted to be a professional singer since she was 4 years old.

"I don't even know what's going through my head," said Brown. "I'm so nervous right now, I'm going to sing my heart out and hope for the best."

The "American Idol" crew expected 600-800 people for the San Antonio audition. 

The show had to cancel the Labor Day Weekend auditions in Houston and San Antonio due to Hurricane Harvey.

The show wanted to return and this is the last open call. 

"If we say we're going to go somewhere, we wanna go there," said Patrick Lynn, the senior supervising producer for "American Idol."

We are LIVE at the American Idol auditions downtown at the Hyatt Regency, open call registration untill 5 pm.

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Lynn said the burning question he gets is, "What exactly are we looking for?"

"I told this group this morning, it is important that you perform your song, show some personality. Don't be afraid to let loose," said Lynn.

Only between one to 30 performers will go on to perform in front of the executive producer, and possibly to the stars of the show -- Luke Bryant, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie -- in one of four judge cities.

Those cities include Los Angeles, Savanna, New Orleans or Nashville.

One of two show producers will decide the fate of hundreds in as little as 15 seconds.

"As I explain to people, don't let a 'no' today define your entire singing career. Paula Abdul used to say it all the time that she had doors slammed in her face, you know, right and left," said Lynn. "Auditions are hard, getting in the show is not easy." 

Do you think you have what it takes? "American Idol" registration runs to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency Downtown at 123 Losoya Street.

People who audition must be between the ages of 15 and 28, be a legal U.S. resident with the right to work in the U.S, and have a valid form of ID. Bring a headshot, too, it's your time to shine!


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