American Idol holds tryouts in Grand Junction

By: Alex Hambrick Email
By: Alex Hambrick Email

American Idol held auditions in Grand Junction for the first time today in Canyon View Park. The stop in the Grand Valley was one of ten on the show's tour of small towns across the country.

Around 100 local residents showed up for the shot at fame. While the turn out was slim, senior producer Norm Betts said he was impressed with the talent he did see.

"The turnout has been a little bit smaller, but it's been good," says Betts. "It's not the overall numbers, it's the quality of people that we are looking for."

Idol staff on-site thought earlier rain might have deterred some from coming out. For Idol hopeful Landon Eavers, it wasn't quite what he expected.

"It was over all extremely quick because there was no one here... not at all like how you see on the shows where there is the massive crowd," Eavers says. "I guess that's just because the Grand Valley... not a lot of people were into it."

Others auditioning say they just found out about the audition today, leaving little time to prepare.

A handful of hopefuls did make it through to the next round of auditions in front of the celebrity judges. Judges made their final stop in Grand Junction and will return home to Los Angeles tomorrow.

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