I'm always amazed by how quickly the AI crew is able to corral thousands of people in and out of the GA Dome. Case in point: By 8 this morning, pretty much everybody was inside.
Now reporters aren't allowed to go in there, buy we're told this is where they record those big stadium shots you see on TV. Once that's over, hopefuls are separated in groups of about four people. They sing for a panel of AI insiders for about 30 seconds each.
In a press conference earlier this morning, AI producer Patrick Lynn said there's about two dozen AI execs judging the singers.
So...it's almost 9 a.m. and somebody just said the first few rejects just left the building. I'm not so sure about that. Everything still seems pretty quiet. But the schedule does seem right on track, so I'd expect people to start filing out within the hour.
Speaking of timing, one of my favorite things about AI auditions are the people who just kind of wander onto the scene just as registration is closing. If you want media time, this is the way to go. Why? You don't have to compete with other gimmicky singers.
Everybody else is inside already and there's a bunch of hungry journalists outside the gate who just realized they didn't get enough performance footage earlier in the morning.
Two female singers used this strategy perfectly. They were both dressed entirely in black -- think Little Bo Peep meets Paris Hilton -- and they casually wandered up to the gate during the final stages of the morning. Almost every camera crew here flocked to them. They got so much camera time that actually going inside to audition seemed secondary!
I guess it's all about being memorable, right?