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Sunday February 10, 2008 9:56 am
‘American Idol’ Auditions at Walt Disney World
The $71 it takes to get into one Walt Disney World theme park for a day could soon buy you a shot at pop superstardom.
Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts in Orlando, Florida is about to launch its own version of the FOX TV hit American Idol.
Here’s how it will work: visitors to Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park (formerly Disney-MGM Studios) will be able to audition at various locations throughout that particular park each day. Those who make it through that initial step will get some vocal coaching and hair and makeup help. Next they’ll perform in front of a real, live audience in Disney’s American Idol soundstage. If they pass muster with the judges and audience, they’ll move onto a preliminary round then to the final round each evening.
Daily winners will get a guaranteed slot in regional auditions for the real American Idol TV show.
Read More | Orlando Sentinel
The Disney folks say the American Idol soundstage will capture all the glitz and excitement of the real thing minus the real judges; sorry folks, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul will not be making daily appearances with Mickey Mouse. Judges for the Disney version haven’t been selected yet and the park is still working out the actual judging system. Officials say it will be some combination of the judges’ opinions and audience participation.
There is no word yet when the Disney American Idol experience will begin.
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