America has crowned a new American Idol winner, and this week she stopped by Walt Disney World to tape new segments for The American Idol Experience attraction. [Read more…]
The new 2011 American Idol winner, Scotty McCreery made an appearance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios today in what has become a yearly tradition for the winner. Scotty rode down Hollywood Bouldvard with Mickey Mouse, sang his new song, I Love You This Big, and made an appearance during the first showing of The American Idol Experience. [Read more…]
Singing champ Lee DeWyze celebrated his victory as the newest American Idol on Monday in a motorcade through Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Excited fans lined the streets, cheering on America’s newest Idol as he and Mickey Mouse greeted fans on their way to a stage set up outside The American Idol Experience attraction. [Read more…]
It looks like The American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has helped at least one person get noticed. Aaron Kelly was named one of the top 24 contestants this past week on the American Idol television show. He won the Dream Ticket at The American Idol Experience on Feb. 9, 2009 and was able to skip the line at the Orlando auditions last year. It’s been reported that he sang Amazed by Lonestar at the Hollywood Studios attraction.
Aaron has already had quite a career in music. This page on his Web site lists many of his accomplishments, including opening for Loretta Lynn and winning many other singing competitions.
Here’s a look at his official audition on the TV show.
And here’s a look at the Orlando auditions last summer.
Everyone can give a thumbs up or down to any photo in our gallery. As you’ll see below, our American Idol pictures were very popular by visitors to our online gallery. Here are the top 10 photos from 2009 that received the most thumbs up (and least thumbs down). Click on any of the photos to pop open a larger version.
American Idol producers say nearly 10,000 people turned out for their Season 9 auditions at Orlando’s Amway Arena today, and several of them had a coveted Disney Dream Ticket.
The Dream Ticket is the prize awarded to the finale show winner at the American Idol Experience each day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Caitlin MacAllister (pictured left), 21, of Elkton, Maryland, won her Dream Ticket on June 17, singing Martina McBride’s “Independence Day.”
Caitlin was vacationing in Orlando with her family on the day they visited the theme park.
“I had heard about it,” she said. “But I wasn’t planning to audition. We walked by and there wasn’t any line, so I decided to try.”
The senior in speech pathology at Towson University says she sings and performs in community theater in her hometown. She flew back down to Orlando on Wednesday to attend the audition today.
Here’s a quick video featuring Caitlin’s singing talents along with a look at Ryan Seacrest recording a segment for one of his many television shows:
The main advantage that the Disney Dream Ticket seems to give those that hold it is experiencing no waiting in the registration lines.
People began lining up to register for a wristband that allows you to audition at 1 a.m. on Tuesday, but Disney Dream Ticket holders did not have to arrive until this morning.
Luke Davids (pictured right), 20, won his Dream Ticket just a few days ago on July 3. Luke is originally from London, England, but lives in Orlando now.
The session musician and songwriter said he decided to try the American Idol Experience because the Dream Ticket “registers you right away.”
Syesha Mercado, who made it to the top 3 contestants in Season 7, had a similar “front-of-the-line” pass for the Miami auditions. At the American Idol Experience opening in February, Syesha told me the pass (which she won through Miami’s local Fox affiliate) was convenient, but she didn’t consider it an advantage in making it to Hollywood.
Caitlin, Luke and the thousands of others who turned out in Orlando today for their shot at American Idol stardom don’t know yet if they will make it to the show’s Hollywood round.
The show’s producers say about 150 to 200 singers will be called back to audition in front of Simon, Randy, Paula and Kara in a few weeks.
Article, photos, and video by Leigh Caldwell, freelance writer for Orlando Attractions Magazine. You can find more from her on her Web site at themeparkmom.com
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