Last season's “AMERICAN IDOL” top 10 offer audition advice

How do you master the auditions for season 12?

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 4:16pm

As thousands of young hopefuls attend American Idol auditions this summer for next year's season 12 competition, the season 11 finalists want to offer some good advice.

Phillip Phillips:
“Be yourself and don't worry about what people think…Know who you are when you come into this competition.”

Jessica Sanchez: 
“Don't let the other contestants intimidate you. You're there for a reason and this is your dream, just sing your heart out.”

Joshua Ledet:
“Stay focused and sing from your heart. Don't be intimidated by everyone else. And choose the right songs!”

Hollie Cavanagh:
“Don’t uncontrollably cry and break out into hives (it didn’t work for me and it won’t work for you)…and don’t overthink your song. Keep it simple and sing a beautiful melody…1,000 high notes doesn’t get you to Hollywood.”

Skylar Laine:
“Go into the audition knowing exactly what kind of artist you are and be ready to rock out!”

Elise Testone:
“Whatever you decide to sing, own it and believe in it as if it was straight from your heart…Don’t think!”

Colton Dixon:
“Be yourself…and think twice before wearing red skinny leather pants.”

DeAndre Brackensick:
“Be yourself and don’t listen to anyone but yourself, learn from others, but do what you want, you know your voice the best.”

Heejun Han:
“Love it, enjoy it and just do it.”

Erika Van Pelt:
"Don't worry about being the American Idol just yet. You don't have to have perfect hair, makeup or wardrobe to make an impression on the judges. Let your true voice be heard and the rest will eventually fall into place.”

Upcoming audition cities, dates and locations for American Idol season 12 include:

Cities Dates Venues
San Antonio, Tex. Thursday, June 14 Alamodome
Charlotte, N.C. Tuesday, June 19 Time Warner Cable Arena
Newark, N.J. Saturday, June 23 Prudential Center
Chicago, Ill. Thursday, July 12 United Center
New Orleans, La. Tuesday, July 17 New Orleans Arena
Oklahoma City, Okla. Friday, July 20 Chesapeake Energy Arena

Audition information, including forms and requirements, are available online at Visit for exclusive videos, interviews and photos from auditions, as well as special behind-the-scenes information and all of your American Idol news. For all photo requests, please go to

Emmy Award-winning American Idol is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of CKX, Inc. and FremantleMedia North America. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment, and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America; Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America; and Nigel Lythgoe, CEO, Nigel Lythgoe Productions. “Like” American Idol on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter @AmericanIdol and join the audition discussions at #IdolAuditions. 

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