NEW ORLEANS (WGMB) — FOX's American Idol season 12 auditions are in full swing.
In New Orleans, thousands of Idol hopefuls had to wait their turn to show off their voices for the shows first round judges.
"There's a whole bunch of people," said contestant Caitlin Olson. "You go in a group of four then you all sing."
Next it's time to face the music.
"At the end he tells you you made it, or you made it and you didn't," said Olson.
Louisiana singer Katherine Baudion said the nerves can be brutal.
"I mean the nerves were on, the butterflies in the stomach getting all flushed," said Baudion.
But when it's time to sing, you have to step up and let your personality shine.
"It takes bringing a little personality to it and really connecting with those judges," said Baudion. "Showing them you're someone who connects with the audience that people can fall in love with. Hopefully I'm one of those people."
Those who know the show best say that's exactly what it takes to be a star.
"We are looking for originality," said American Idol senior supervising producer Patrick Lynn. "That's first and foremost what we are looking for. We are not looking for people who try to be other people. We want people to be themselves. We want to know their stories."
In Louisiana, there is no shortage of big personalities.
"The crowd down here is number one confident with attitude," said Lynn. "They are good. We get good in L.A., but not the same attitude as down here especially in the South, especially in New Orleans."
Contestants who made it through Tuesday's New Orleans audition will get a chance to tryout in front of the show's executive producers. Then, if a singer makes it past that round, they get to meet the shows celebrity judges.
Baton Rouge is scheduled to host the next two rounds of auditions. Idol officials tell WGMB-TV only about 80 to a 100 people make it to see the celebrity judges.