Originally from Cuba, Naples, FL resident Lazaro Arbos overcame speech difficulties to audition for American Idol. Learn more about Lazaro and his incredible story.
Waynesboro, TN native Jimmy Smith had in fact auditioned for American Idol online. Learn more about his self-described "country-soul" style that makes him unique.
Singin' in the Second City! Take a look back at the American Idol auditions in Chicago.
Billed from Winchester, KY, Lauren Mink auditioned because she wanted a "second chance". Does she have what it takes to be the next American Idol the second time around?
Naperville, IL resident Alex Oechsel explains how American Idol gives her "hope".
Fort Mill, SC native Emily Hoffman really had a connection with former Idol contestant Crystal Bowersox. Find out why!
Passionate about performing, Warner Robins, GA resident Summer Cunningham believes she is the next American Idol. Get familiar with her story.
Hailing from Statesville, NC, Carah Crosswhite felt advancing in the Idol competition was a "dream come true". Learn more about her story.
The granddaughter of a jazz pianist, Denver, CO native Brooke Villanyi was relieved when she heard the good news from the judges. She hopes to use her experience with music to her advantage.
Frankie Ford cut his teeth singing on the subways in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about his story.
Josie Lowder is planning to walk through the doors that Idol has already opened for her. Learn more about the contestant that goes by the mantra "No Fear".
"I like the way people feel when I sing." Breanna Steer discusses why she feels she's the next American Idol.
"Is this really happening?" Monroe, GA native Brianna Faulk says her brother inspired her to perform. Learn more about the contestant who says that Jennifer Hudson was her favorite former Idol finalist.
Aunyai Hedrick auditioned because she wanted to prove to her family that singing is her passion. Learn more about this Greensboro, NC native.
Janel Stinney learns different aspects about performing from different artists. Learn more about this Gaithersburg, MD native.