The Washington Post reports fans began lining up outside the State Theatre in Falls Church Thursday night before the ‘American Idol’ auditions started Friday morning at 10 a.m. By 6 a.m. at least 200 were camped out in front of the theater, and when the doors opened, 630 people, ages 16 to 24, was snaking around the block. In the end, the first 175 were allowed to sing a cappella for 60 seconds before three judges. Eventually, 18-year-old Ryan Krasney won with her interpretation of Christina Aguilera’s ‘Reflection.’ Ryan won transportation to and hotel accommodations in New York, along with a spot in the October 24th “Idol” auditions.
MTV Diary Of American Idol Airs Next Saturday
October 12, 2002 – Contributed by aLLiSoN: On Saturday, October 19, 2002 MTV’s the Hook-Up will feature a special edition of Diary dedicated to American Idol. It will feature mostly Kelly Clarkson and interview some of the other contestants. The show will air at 8:30 PM ET/PT.
‘Boston Public’ Excited To Have Tamyra Join The Cast
October 11, 2002 – ‘Boston Public’ executive producer Jason Katims tells Zap2it.com that ‘American Idol’ finalist Tamyra Gray has been added to the cast for episodes beginning in February. “We’re thrilled to have Tamyra join the cast for four episodes later this season,” Katims says. “She gave a very impressive audition, and while it’s possible her character will sing, we are most interested in helping to launch her as a dramatic actress.”
No One Seems To Sing New Songs Anymore
October 9, 2002 – Sacha Zimmerman of PopPolitics.com gave her thoughts on ‘American Idol’ and the resulting ‘American Idol: Greatest Moments’ CD, which she called “a karaoke contest that insists on taking itself seriously.” She concludes, “It also dawned on me that no one seems to sing new songs anymore — not just their own new songs, any songs. We are remaking our movies and re-singing our songs. Some of these kids are talented but none are their own person. They are simply shellacked emblems to other people’s good work: the unfortunately quintessential ‘American Idol’.” The complete story at poppolitics.com has since been removed.
Met American Idols Last Night
October 9, 2002 – Contributed Anonymously: After the awesome concert last night, I waited around to get autographs. Most of the idols came out and signed autographs but since there was a huge mob my boyfriend hopped the gate to get autographs for me. He met all idols except my favorite-R.J.! He was nowhere to be found. His report: A.J. was extremely cool, as well as Jim and Ejay. Justin was too busy, Christina and Tamyra were not rude but not too nice. Kelly was a real sweetheart and Ryan and Adrielle (from top 30) are an item. When my boyfriend told Adrielle that I loved his performances and thought he should’ve been in the top 10, Ryan answered for him saying, “He already has a girlfriend!” Oh and Nikki was VERY FULL OF HERSELF and bitchy. Didn’t get her autograph but got everyone else’s.
‘American Idol: Greatest Moments’ Devoid Of Originality
October 9, 2002 – The review of ‘American Idol: Greatest Moments’ by the New York Post’s Dan Aquilante isn’t encouraging for the show’s fans. He states, “The album, like its stars, is totally devoid of originality. It is a study in swiping style, starting with winner Kelly Clarkson’s failed attempt to be Aretha to Justin Guarini’s weak Stevie Wonder.”