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American Idol San Francisco Auditions

American Idol: A Morning in the San Francisco Auditions Line

It's baaaa-aack! Just when you think you're out, they pull you back in! OK, that's a bit melodramatic but that's a little how I felt when I headed down just south of San Francisco to check out the first set of folks lining up to audition for the eighth season of American Idol. Feels like just yesterday we crowned David Cook the winner and yet, here we are, back at the beginning.

And for some people, this beginning couldn't come quickly enough. Despite the fact that it was very early (6 a.m.!) and the line was very long, the folks I met were as pumped as ever, clearly inspired by last season and ready for their chance at singing stardom.

As I approached the line to talk to some of the auditioners, I thought I might have to pry them to sing for me — not so! Turns out, wielding a microphone and a camera around thousands of people hoping to be famous is like holding a magical singing wand. They saw my mic as I wandered by and just started belting away! It was. . . amazing, and their enthusiasm was contagious.

After the jump, watch my video of hopefuls, including a guy whose journey to the auditions made the front page of his local paper, a self-proclaimed "Trader Joe's Idol," and my favorite: A lovely rendition of Boyz II Men's "End of the Road." To judge for yourself if the next Idol will come from this city by the bay,


Photo courtesy of Fox

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My-Opinion My-Opinion 8 years
Um....all I know is I'm gonna have a big fat crush on the San Francisco Army dude! :drool: There are a few of them that sound good, some are just stupid like the Miley wannabe! Now why in the hell is his mom making him think he can actually make it on the show. Poor dude.
jumokemusic jumokemusic 8 years
Lol Im the big guy in Red And Black Who Sang "Superstar" right after lady with pink wig. and before hannah montana dude ahahah but yeah if you wanna check out my music thanks -Jumoke
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 8 years
my brother is auditioning in Jacksonville this season...I think August 13th. Hope he makes it on TV, and not as one of the "jokes" so to speak...he can actually sing.
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
missyd missyd 8 years
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great clip, Buzz. Thanks for getting up so early and for making me laugh. Oh my!
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 8 years
I went the American Idol tour concert last night and it was so much fun! After the show, I got pictures with Kristy Lee Cook, Syesha Mercado, and David Archuleta. The two Davids especially sounded amazing, but everyone was great.
raieven raieven 8 years
Best thing in that video was the "Cowell Palace Sign"!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
Yikes. Those are all the people who aren't nearly good enough to get chose to go to LA, but who aren't nearly bad enough to make it on the air. Well, except for the guy in the wig.
Kaysnowboarder Kaysnowboarder 8 years
These poor poor hopeful people. If they only knew that this was all staged and they need an agent in order to have half a chance.
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