Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Disney World... Day Four
Today was the day that I planned on auditioning for Disney's newest attraction... American Idol Experience. Being a viewer of every single season of American Idol you can imagine how stoked I was to have the opportunity to audition to stand on a replica of the American Idol stage. I knew everything about the attraction so I came fully prepared with an audition song and everything.
I woke up incredibly early to make sure I got beautified and fully warmed up. I even brought Throat Coat with me in case my allergies decided to close my throat up. Mom and I got to the parks a little later since I knew I didn't want to audition first thing. I didn't want to be in the first show since I hadn't seen it yet. I needed an opportunity to check it out ahead of time.
By the time I got to the audition area it was about 10:00. They have a greeter waiting right outside the long walk way up to the doors to guide you in and explain a few rules. My mom had her coffee with her so they wouldn't let her come into the audition area with it. She just stayed outside and I bravely went in by myself. You just stand there in this really nice waiting area with gold records of the real AI winners and wait for someone to come get you.
The first judge came out and greeted me by name. Already I felt more relaxed simply because he was so nice. I can't remember his name now. He asked me a few questions about myself... where i'm from, who i'm vacationing with, what I do for a living, etc. He told me to just sing my song whenever I was ready. I was able to choose whatever song in the world I wanted to sing so I chose The Wreckers "Leave The Pieces." My voice felt right on and it was shaky or anything. The guy was just all smiles at me the whole time. He then asked me to take a look at a list of songs (the official AIE songlist) and pick a few I might sing if I made it on stage. I already knew my two choices. "This Is Me" by Deme Levato and "Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer. The judge suggested "Hot Stuff" because it was more age appropriate as "This Is Me" is typically sung by a younger crowd. I sang some of "Hot Stuff" for him and after he stopped me he pulled out a card from behind the desk and said "I'm sending you onto the producer!" I was SO excited that I made it to the "red room." A big deal from watching season one of American Idol. Nerdy.. I know.
I basically just listened to songs on an iPod and waited for them to call me in. There was a 14 year old girl (the show age minimum) in the red room with me and her parents seemed like stage parents (not to be mean... but to be factual). After they brought her back out and she was told she made it to the show, they told her they were going to profile her with her family for a clip during the show. Finally, it was my turn! I walked into the producer's lounge and immedietly I recognized the guy from the promo videos for the attraction. This room is set up with amazing acoustically treated walls and an impressive sound system. He gave me a microphone and told me to try my first song, Hot Stuff. He really liked it and I suggested maybe he might like it better in the lower key. I sang my second choice song, "Black Horse & A Cherry Tree" for him after that. He told me he liked the original key version of Hot Stuff the best. Basically at that point I knew I made it by the way he spoke to me. He told me to look up on the screen behind him. Ryan Seacrest came up and told me that I made it onto the show! Thank you, Ryan!! I got my "Vote For Me" sign to wear around my neck and a piece of paper reminding me what time to come back before my show.