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'American Idol' Auditions 2014: Casting Call Heads to Detroit

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First Posted: Sep 17, 2013 03:57 PM EDT
Urban, Lopez and Connick Jr.
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"American Idol" auditions are in full effect. Today, FOX's singing competition show stopped in Detroit.

Hundreds showed up for a chance to be the next American Idol. The line outside the Book-Cadillac Hotel was filled with about 300 hopefuls who believe that they have what it takes to win America's vote.

"[ think I will make it past the audition] just because I've been singing for a very long time," Lauren Allen, an person auditioning, said in an interview with CBS Detroit. "I was able to sing for President Obama, actually, at my school recently. It just gave me a confidence that I don't get nervous in front of a large crowd."

Other "Idol" fans auditioning were less cocky and merely auditioned as an attempt to make sure that they were giving their potential singing career everything they had.

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"You can't even have the excuse to not go, at this point, you know?" Chelsea Ryan, an "Idol" audition, said in an interview with WWJ Newsradio 950. "Plus, I'm 28 ... that's the cutoff age. So, this was my last chance to do my thing."

Season 13 of "American Idol" features returning judges Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez and a brand new judge, Harry Connick Jr.

"I know them all very, very well," original "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson said on Sept. 13 during the Novak Djokovic Foundation Gala Dinner in New York City. "They're all amazing people, great in their own right, very credible, really cool, funny."

Jackson also said that fans of the singing competition show can expect to see a lot of inside jokes amongst the three. According to Jackson, the judges will make the newest season of "America Idol" the "greatest show of its kind ever."

The former "American Idol" judge will serve as a mentor on the next season.

"I've moved to the higher court now," Jackson said.

The first round of auditions for the 2014 season of "American Idol" began at the Boston Marriot Copley Place on Aug. 27. According to the Boston Globe, the judges were "lighthearted" and "fielded questions and poked fun at one another in their first meeting with the press."

Season 13 of "American Idol" premieres January 2014 on FOX.

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