Churchill Downs is hosting American Idol - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Churchill Downs is hosting American Idol

The excitement is building for the second round of American Idol auditions in Louisville.  This time, Churchill Downs is hosting.

About 11,000 people from all across the country tried out for American Idol auditions at Freedom Hall.  They were all hoping to have their dreams come true.  And just about 300 made it to the second round at historic Churchill Downs.

They're now hoping for a ticket to Hollywood.

Thursday is a set-up day for the American Idol crew.  There will be increased security all over Churchill Downs, and around the four judges, Simon, Paula, Randy, and new judge Kara Dioguardi.  But Churchill Downs says don't count on seeing them, unless you are auditioning.

Everything is top secret for the second round of audtions.  But what Fox 41 News can say is that auditions withe the judges will be held inside, but the historic track will be a background.

And Churchill Downs says having American Idol here shows the venue is more than just a race track. 

The economic impact of having the two auditions in Louisville is estimated at $2-million to $3-million.  The city is hoping to gain more interest in Louisville from being featured on the show.

We're told the judges are staying at a hotel in downtown Louisville.  Churchill Downs says Friday will be business as usual.  Simulcast wagering will continue as auditions are going on.

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