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Thousands line up downtown Spokane to audition for American Idol

SPOKANE, Wash. - The American Idol production crew is in the Lilac City and thousands are showing up for their shot at becoming the show's next star. 

The line of Idol hopefuls wrapped around the block at the Davenport Grand hotel Sunday morning. 

Those auditioning will not have to sing in front of superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, today at least. At this stage, they'll face two rounds of auditions in front of producers. If they make it through, they'll get to perform in front of the judges later on. 

"I would say the key thing for us is authenticity, so be yourself, sing from the heart," said veteran producer Anhie Nguyen. "For me, it's like, when a singer comes in and they have a beautiful voice, but they're just copying someone they heard on the radio or someone they see on TV, that's not as genuine."

4 News Now caught up with two singers who earned golden tickets Sunday.

"My mom was like 'you have to do this or you're gonna live with regrets' and I just figured, I'm 26, the cutoff age is 28 years old and might as well get it taken care of," said aspiring country singer Myles Middlemas after he made it past two producer rounds. "And if I get it -- sweet. If I don't -- sweet. Either way, I'm very happy with the results."

"My mom and my grandma were really into music and they're gone now, so like, it just, it makes me think about them when I play," said Shania Rales, an aspiring soft rock artist named after Shania Twain. "I just wanna encourage people to follow their dreams. Don't ever give up on what you're doing."

You'll have to tune in to ABC next year to see if Myles and Shania sing in front of the judges.



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