American Idol Experience At Disney’s Hollywood Studios
By far the coolest thing my mother ever made me go for.
We got up early to get to Hollywood Studios right when it opened and for shits and giggles, I tried out. The American Idol Experience is exactly what it sounds like. You go in, audition with any song out there a cappella in front of one judge. If you make it past that round, you sing two songs with a track for the producer.
At least 300 people try out every day, if not more. Only 15 make it through. I was one of those 15.
For my first audition, I sang, of course, Whole Lotta Love. The judge was so nice. She loved the tone and texture of my voice, and loved how I could fill up the room. She instantly started suggesting songs to sing for the next round of auditions. She kept asking me if I knew any newer stuff, but of course I didn’t. She ended up settling on I Want You Back (alternate key) and I settled on I Wish.
So in front of the producer, I sang along with a 90 second track for each song, and apparently he was motioning to some guys outside our room to watch and listen to me. Once I finished, he decided I would sing I Want You Back (in the alternate key because I can’t sing that high) .
Only three people get to perform in each show. Ryan and Sarah were lovely people to work with. Ryan’s from Virginia, he’s 17, and he’s a quarterback. His whole family sings. For the show he sang Ain’t Too Proud To Beg. Sarah is a 7th grade math teacher and she loves to sing for her class. For the show she sang I Need A Hero. Both of these people had wonderful voices.
So we had the 12:30 show and I had to be back at the building by 11:20 for hair, makeup, and practice with a vocal coach.
Once that was done, we ran through the show and all of our songs on stage and it just fucking blew my mind. The show itself was incredible. They hooked up this GPS sort of thing to my shoulder so the lights would follow me and cameras were swooping in to take pictures of me and film me like actual American Idol and there were so many people cheering me on in the crowd and it was so fucking cool. I got interviewed by the host and critiqued by the judges. One of the judges kept calling me gorgeous and God dammit, they were such nice people. Everyone working for The American Idol Experience was. God damn. I keep thinking about how awesome it was.
Even though I didn’t win our show, I had an incredible time and I’m so glad I even got to be a part of it at all. We stayed in Hollywood Studios for the rest of the day and people kept recognizing me and they came up to me to tell me they voted for me, or how much they loved my voice. Like. I just can’t even.
This vacation has been wonderful.