It was hot and miserable, but that didn’t stop hundreds of hopeful singers from waiting in line for hours in front of Virginia Capital for a chance to be the next American Idol.
“I really wanted to show off my talent because I’ve been hiding it for a long time,” said Nautica Jones of why she wanted to try out.
Other contestants were searching for any opportunity, like Alex Farr of Powhatan. “I’m here because I live in a small town and there’s no way to branch out from a small town,” she said.
Some were extremely confident – “I definitely think so,” said Walter Cheatham on whether he could win. Others were more realistic – “I’m pretty confident, but you never know,” said Michael Huntley of Spotsylvania.
The line stretched around two blocks near the State Capitol, and many people had been there since 6 or 7 a.m. Andrew Scott Bell came to try out at the encouragement of his friend and former bandmate Christian Wynn. “It was good to see him for like the first hour or so,” Bell joked about Wynn.