Singers show range of emotion at American Idol auditions

Victoria Wehner, 15, talks to American Idol judges before her audition. The Grand Junction High School student was not selected.

There were butterflies everywhere in Canyonview Park Monday morning. They flew in the stomachs and up into throats of those standing in line to audition for Fox’s hit show, American Idol.

They made some voices crack and others soar. They were eventually released by shouts of happiness or drenched by tears of frustration.

“I saw three people in front of me do really well and they were turned away,” said Kirsten Phillips, 19, of Gadsden, Al.

Phillips had never been on a plane before arriving in Grand Junction Sunday night. Her friends and family gave money for her plane ticket in the hopes she’ll become the next American Idol.

“I have a passion for it,” she said in a southern accent, “I just can’t imagine myself doing anything else.”

After singing a song by Adele, a popular choice among those auditioning, Phillips was selected to move to the next round of auditions. She’ll try again closer to home in Baton Rouge, La.

“This is awesome ... I feel so great!” she said.

The phone call home to her dad was emotional. “It was just such a spur of the moment thing and I’ve got people who say they’ll help me get to the next round,” she said.

Lisa Anderson of Broomfield could only hope her 15-year-old daughter Olivia could be so lucky too. Olivia had been wanting to audition for American Idol for more than three years.

“Oh, I’m scared to death for her,” Anderson said as she watched the audition from across the practice field.

“If she doesn’t make it though, I’m going to tell her how brave and courageous she is just for trying,” she said.

Olivia was not selected but was soothed in the arms of her mother. “I think there’s so much experience for you here just in trying out,” Anderson said.

Holly Beckner added 300 miles onto a family vacation to bring her daughter, Devon Magana, 21, to the auditions in Grand Junction.

Beckner and Magana had been attending a wedding to Park City, Utah when they learned of the auditions Sunday. “Yesterday, my mom just said let’s go — it was just such a spur of the moment thing and I couldn’t get her to turn the car around,” Magana, a rock climbing instructor, said.

She sang “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt and was selected to audition again in Los Angeles.

“The judges told me I need to make more eye contact and not to stop singing until they ask me to,” she said.

Magana said she’s going to spend the time between auditions practicing and “just trying to stay sane.”











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