American Idol Hopefuls Descend On The Queen City
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Long before the sun came up, you could hear the sound of hope in Christina Merrett's voice. The Durham resident said, "I can't be afraid. Just gotta show them what I came to give them." The recently laid-off Office Depot worker started the line of American Idol hopefuls at 10 o'clock Saturday night.
Thousands waited behind her to register for the talent competition. Including, Alyssa Howell who struggles with epilepsy, "I've got to do whatever I want to do now because tomorrow I might not be here," said the Farmville, North Carolina resident.
Reginald Miller tried out for the sixth time,"I really feel I've grown a lot as a person and an artist. I'm gonna give it another try," said the Morganton, North Carolina resident.
Brad Harris is raising three kids while juggling work and school, "This would really help out if I could get through the competition and win it," he said.
One of the American Idol producers judging all the talent is Charlotte native Brian Robinson. "I have to treat all the contestants the same but sure I hope someone from Charlotte can make it far on the show," Robinson said. Devon Ginyard's mom think she's already done his work,"He's a comedian with a singer's voice so he needs to use that voice to do something," said Southeast Charlotte resident Leslie Ginyard.
Registration continues around the clock until Tuesday at 8 a.m.