Over the years, I've been told that my voice is good and that I should try to do something with it. So, I gave it a shot. I'm 28 years old and it's my last year to try. Cutting off age is 28. I truly love and enjoy singing! I don't think I'm horrible, however I would never put myself under the category of 'most amazing' singer. I would simply say, I'm good and can carry a tune.
I've done a lot of solos in church, have been backup for the Gaither Homecoming Tour and Avalon, worked on projects for Lifeway's Rickshaw CD-VBS project, winner of some karoke contests, sung at work events and am currently working on my very own never-ending Christian cd. I have enjoyed every experience thus far and everything has helped me grow a lot! So I thought, why not take it a bit further possibly?
I've watched American Idol since the infamous Kelly Clarkson won the first American Idol in History. I've watched them all. From Carrie Underwood to Kris Allen to Lee DeWyze. So I thought...what if...what if I could become something bigger or for that matter make connections...so I took myself to the try outs,by myself. Everyone had their boyfriends, girlfriends, moms, dads, husbands, wives, best friends, you name it. I seroiusly talked to no one who came alone. Why didn't Robert go...someone had to keep the girls, my sisters weren't available, parents out of town, etc... everyone had something going on. In some ways, I wanted someone there with me to support me or simply to have someone there to talk to, but in other ways, I would have felt bad for someone to be there with me for that long and waste their day. I was happy I went even though. As you probably already figured, I didn't make it..not even through the first rounds.
So here's how it goes: I decided Wednesday evening to give this a shot. I went to the arena Thursday to register and get a wristband to then go back on Saturday morning. On Saturday, while patiently waiting along with everyone else, I met a group of people (pictured below). Nata wouldn't sing, Lisa sang country and was not good at all. I felt bad for her in some ways because her friend was obviously not being honest with her. Now, the bigger looking napoleon dynamite guy who looks goofy, I honestly didn't think he was going to be able to sing. Well, I was way WRONG! He was amazing-yes in that category!! He tried last year in Atlanta and didn't get through. He came back to try once more. He's only 18 years old young! He's got many years ahead of him to try if he didn't make it again. I couldn't tell you whether he made it or not because we all had assigned seating in the arena. He was in level 3 while I was in level 2.
Here I am with my wrist band, a few hours before leaving the house at 4am! Excited and pumped! I look tired and the day hadn't even started!
Here is the 'crowd' behind me. notice how far back the line goes?!
So yes, everyone around you hears you singing. You don't get to the actual tv judges until like round 4. After this first round you sing in front of producers, then you sing to the executives, then you finally sing to the tv judges...what we actually watch on tv! No one really knows how much one has to go through just to get to them.