Charlotte Idol Talent Made For Tough Choices
What about those singers who fell in between incredible and unxeplainable?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - For Charlotte native Kndyia Mingo music has been a big part of her life since she was a kid. "I knew every song on the radio. All I did was sing. That was it," explains Mingo.
Before auditioning for Mariah, Nicki, Keith and Randy, Kndyia, a mother of two, already knew she had done something special.
"My children have already seen mommy wants to do something and she did it so that's enough right there," says Mingo.
Would she get to Hollywood? Host Ryan Seacrest says the panel knows what they're looking for.
"Certainly with all these auditions and all these years I think we and the judges especially can tell in an instant when they don't have it," says Seacrest.
In Kndyia's case after three songs they still weren't sure.
"They said that they really couldn't decide like which genre I would be in," says Mingo.
In the end, Kndyia wouldn't get the ticket to Hollywood but the judges gave her great advice.
"Get a vocal coach, practice singing from your diaphragm and I'm cool with it 'cause I really do agree with that."
Not all contests get that kind of encouragement.
Idol judge Keith Urban says he and his fellow judges face a tough balance.
"We have to be straight shooters but hopefully we keep compassion in there as well," says Urban.
Which is easier said than done.