Reno, NV. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - American Idol hopefuls got a chance to audition for the hit TV show on Saturday, July 12th.
The Biggest Little City welcomed the American Idol XIV Bus Tour to Downtown, Reno, where it held auditions right in the middle of City Plaza. Although the show is a competition, the community came together to support one another as hundreds of locals and visitors took on the chance of a lifetime... to be the next American Idol.
As contestants awaited their turn in line, many expressed their excitement about the world famous contest taking notice of Reno talent and its rising arts culture.
Jonathan Rowling, a Reno native, and a self-proclaimed "singer/songwriter" dude said, "it's really cool to see American Idol taking interests in Reno... I think in a few years, we're really going to blow up, and this is just another step in the right direction."
American Idol's Senior Supervising Producer, Patrick Lynn also claims that the Bus Tour is an important tool for the show. The "West Coast" and "East Coast" buses are able to go where the aired auditions cannot, and find those "diamonds in the rough." For example, local Idol hopeful Sarah Tate-Crowder dazzled News 4 with her confidence, and sang her rendition of The Fugee's hit song, "Killing Me Softly," and singer/guitar player Tyler James was able to come up with a creative and funny song on the spot about his Idol experience, and dreams of making it to Los Angeles, CA.
That's what American Idol is all about, making dreams come true, but as for the contestants, like Jonathan, Sarah, and Tyler, the first step is to believe. Accompanied by the inspirational "Believe" Burning Man art, contestants waiting in line claimed support groups are important, but true belief comes from within. One said, "...you have to light the fire within yourself to start anything, and set the world ablaze!"
However, "believing" isn't always easy. In fact, many of the contestants journeys are just as compelling as their musical talent. Idol hopeful, Lucas Donoghue left his family behind in Boston to follow is dreams of becoming a country singer. He has only been in Reno for nine months, and has already found a home in our local arts community. He claims, "Reno has helped me with my singing because Reno is a country town, it's a country city!" The support he receives from his family back home, and now from his second family in Reno helps him to keep believing.
It's safe to say that the Biggest Little City made a great impression on the Idol producers and staff. They look for people to surprise them, and contestants like Emma Scofield, a student and choir member at McQueen High School, was a pleasant surprise, and one Reno native moving on to the next Idol round.
Emma wanted to leave these words for aspiring singers like herself:
"Just be yourself... if you love something and you're passionate about it, then you should do it."
The American Idol XIV Bus Tour's stop in Reno made a huge impact on our local community, and News 4 wishes the contestants moving on to the next round the best of luck. We are unable to share the number of contestants that did so, but tune into the upcoming season of American Idol to find out!
The "West Coast" bus will make its next stop on July 15th in Albuquerque, New Mexico.