Atlanta hosts 'Idol' auditions Tuesday

Area singers are bracing themselves for a 3 a.m. wakeup call, or preparing to not sleep at all.

That's because auditions for the seventh season of "American Idol" come to Atlanta's Georgia Dome on Tuesday. Singers have been registering since Sunday. Tuesday's auditions are slated to begin around 8 a.m.

"Idol" auditions came to Atlanta for the first three seasons of the popular reality TV show, but now producers haven't been in Atlanta since 2003. Last week, some 13,500 hopefuls auditioned in Dallas, according to the official "Idol" Web site.

Contestants won't sing for Paula, Randy and Simon during this round of auditions, though. This is just the first milestone in a long audition process. The second round will reportedly take place in an undisclosed location in October, when contestants will sing for the show's high-level producers.

Follow the "American Idol" blog at www.ledger-enquirer.com for photos, zany stories and other commentary from our trip (3 a.m. wakeup call and all) to the Georgia Dome auditions. We'll attempt to follow two local singers, Timothy Fedd and Andy Johnston, as they brave the process.