Hailing from Chicago, IL Kiara Lanier wanted to prove to herself that she had what it takes. Being inspired by Celine Dion, Lauren Hill and our own Mariah Carey, Kiara feels she's the next American Idol because she is unique like America itself.
Shelby Searcy discusses a performance in the fifth grade that moved an audience member to tears. Watch and learn about the Medina, OH native.
"I hope I open the right door this time," Mark LaDuke discusses his experiences in advancing in the competition. Learn more about this Jacksonville, FL resident.
"Being a performer is everything I love to do." Cherry Hill, NJ resident Zach Birnbaum tells his story in his own words.
Long Island, NY native Lizz Weiss says she auditioned to win the competition because "there is no other reason." Learn more about the contestant who cites Christina Aguilera and Amy Winehouse as inspirations.
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.
Seven years separate auditions for Jennifer Albee. Will the second time be the charm for the Pembroke, NH native?
Jessie Lawrence says that auditioning for Idol was "his dream". Learn more about the Newark, NJ native and his story.
Auditioning for the "learning opportunity", Newtown, PA native Courtney Calle believes she has what it takes to be the next American Idol. Learn more about the contestant who prides herself on "being different".
Elaine Velie has been watching American Idol competition since she was eight years old. She believes her singer-songwriter style makes her stand out from the other contestants.
Stating American Idol judge Mariah Carey as an inspiration, Queens, NY native Tenna Torres is in the midst of her second Idol campaign. Will she become the next American Idol?
Christian Lopez states he can bring "something new" to American Idol. Discover more about the contestant who cites Phillip Phillips as his favorite former Idol finalist.
"I auditioned today because it has been my everlasting dream to be a singer." Los Angeles, CA resident Natalia Richardson discusses why she believes she's the next American Idol.
Citing his mother as his biggest inspiration, Nicholas Rodriguez believes he's the next American Idol. Learn more about his story.
With a sense of humor she says separates her from the crowd, Rachel Hankers says recording artist Beyonce inspires her to perform. Is she the Next American Idol?
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