American Idol auditions: Search for next superstar comes to New York City

GREENPOINT, Brooklyn (WABC) -- The search for the next music superstar arrived in New York City Tuesday, with American Idol auditions held all day in Brooklyn.

The open call was at the Brooklyn Expo Center on Noble Street in Greenpoint, where thousands of hopefuls lined up for their shot at stardom.

Season 1 runner-up Justin Guarini and our own entertainment reporter Sandy Kenyon were on hand for the auditions, which began at 9 a.m..

"American Idol is about talent, but it's also about story," Guarini said. "So if I were a record executive and I came to you with a contract, and I said, 'OK, what kind of record do you want to make? What kind of clothes do you want to wear? Who are the people that you're singing to or singing for?' you should have those answers prepared. Because talent will take you only so far. Your story is going to take you over the top."

Madison Vandenburg, who auditioned in New York City last year and reached the final three, was also there to offer advice to the entrants.

"They should take a few minutes to themselves before the audition and just calm down and maybe even warm up a little bit before they go in, and just really get into a head space where they're ready to go in and sing and do what they're meant to do," she said. "And it's going to go great as long as they just focus and just calm down before they go into the room, and they're going to be fine."

There was a online registration process, but singers could also register in person throughout the day.

Eligible contestants must be between 15 and 28 years old.

Those wishing to try out were urged to show up as early as possible, as late arrivals would be among the last to audition and may run out of time.

After registering in the designated Check-In/Registration line, singers were be directed to the audition line to wait for their turn to audition, or -- at producer's sole discretion -- be asked to audition while in the audition line.

Registration (either online or in-person) does not guarantee the opportunity to audition.

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