"When I sing, it's like my whole soul opens up." Mario Jose describes the feeling he got when he heard the words "You're going to Hollywood" from judge Randy Jackson.
Recalling that she was "in shock" upon hearing the good news, Stevie Rae Stephens feels she can be the next American Idol due to her "hard-working nature". Watch as she shares her story in her own words.
"I'm the next American Idol because music is what I love." Twin Falls, ID resident Leah Schaal describes her love of sharing her "gift" of music.
Alisha Dixon says her love of music and her appearance sets her apart from the rest. Get to know more about the contestant that cites Kelly Clarkson as her favorite past Idol winner.
Relieved that she was going to Hollywood, Morgan Leigh Boberg says this is "her year" to become the next American Idol. Learn more about the contestant who hails from Southern California, but has an affinity to country music.
San Antonio, TX native Adam Sanders felt as if he was "dreaming" when he got the good news from the judges. Learn more about his story.
"I have a great talent, and I'm not afraid to show it." Saying that she was inspired by her father, Elyse Crnic auditioned for American Idol because it was her "dream".
"I have things to say and I want to say them through my music." Clovis, NM native Engelo Charles discusses his vocal and performance style.
Meet Elijah Liu. In his second attempt at Idol stardom, the Rowland Heights, CA native shares his performance technique.
Meet Danielle Schaal. Inspired by both John Mayer and John Legend, she auditioned for American Idol on the Bus Tour.
"A dream come true. It can actually happen." Katy, TX native Simeon Montgomery discusses the audition process in his own words.
"Singing is really the only thing I'm good at." Ashley Young tells us why she's the next American Idol.
Believing she is "more optimistic than the average teenager", Summer Cummings auditioned for Idol because she feels she is "ready for people to know who she is".
Being a fan of "contemporary country" music, Micah Johnson plans to make music that pulls from his experiences growing up in Morrow, GA. Learn more about his story.
Saying that her grandfather was her musical inspiration, Grace Roberson always wanted to be a performer. Learn more about this Corpus Christi, TX resident.
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