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Thousands audition for American Idol in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WDRB) - Even though season 14 of American Idol won't start airing until next year, the search for talent is well underway. Around 4,000 aspiring singers turned out in 'Music City' for show auditions.

"Very nervous right now and excited I guess," said Rose Thompson of Nashville.

People lined up overnight for their chance at fame, including a big crowd from Kentucky. WDRB News interviewed people from Shively, Radcliff, Owensboro and Taylorsville.

"I've been watching it my whole life and I've always wanted to try out so now I get to," said 15-year-old Emma Jones from Taylorsville. Its the first year she's eligible to audition.

But the process isn't exactly like what you see on TV. There are rounds with producers and executive producers before getting in front of the celebrity judges.

"We have an army of people from Idol here to choose talent for the judges," said American Idol Senior Supervising Producer Patrick Lynn. Lynn says contestants sing for about 15 seconds to minute during the first round.

Cameras from all angles turned toward the crowd as they waited. In season 14, American Idol is visiting all the judge's hometowns -- New York for Jennifer Lopez, New Orleans for Harry Connick Jr. and Nashville, where Keith Urban currently lives.

"There's a lot of talent brewing in this city so they came judge to the right place," said former Idol contestant Danny Gokey. Gokey and Janelle Arthur live in Nashville now. They both placed in the top five of their seasons, and are pursuing careers in music. They were on hand to give advice as others go through the same process they did.

"I'm really familiar with the nerves. I had to do this four times. I did this round in particular four times and so, it's definitely one of the most nerve racking things you can do, but if you make it through, and you keep going, it can be one of the most rewarding things that will ever happen to you," Arthur said.

Someone in the Nashville crowd could be the next American Idol. While we saw a lot disappointed faces as the day went on, we won't know how far those who made it through will go until the season airs.

"As soon as I opened my mouth and started singing... It was just incredible, I really enjoyed myself," said 17-year-old Kayla Padgett of Memphis, who made it through the first round.

"I can't even explain it. I went in, did what I came to do, now I'm going to the second round and it's an awesome feeling," Pershard Owens of St. Louis told WDRB News.

We're told no premiere date for the next season of American Idol has been set yet.

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