Yup. I'm in. I got my audition wristband and ticket today in nearby San Diego. It's about a 90 minute drive to Petco Park where the San Diego Padres play baseball. That is one of the seven cities auditions for Season 11 of American Idol are being held in. I am 10 years over the limit, but I want to share Bella's story and her song, and I want to thank Ryan Seacrest, because our text to donate campaign was inspired by Idol Gives Back. In order to audition, first you have to register. To register, you show up and show your I.D. and if you are of age (15-28) you get a wristband. Then, you have to come back on audition day, but there is no guarantee that you will even get an audition. Not everyone who gets a wristband auditions, and those who do, are auditioned 4 at a time in front of producers, NOT J. Lo, Randy, and Steven. Once they whittle 40,000 (or however many show up) down to about 100 for that location, then those 100 go before the judges.
My goal is to talk to the producers tomorrow and tell them my story, sing a little of Bella's song, and persuade them to let me go through to the judges round. Today, I persuaded them to let me audition despite my age, and they said, "Okay, but you know you can't win, right?"
In addition, I plan to share Bella's story to lots of kids and their parents, and have them text to donate and maybe even share our story with their friends as well!
Pretty crazy, right?
I figured, I'd only regret it if I didn't try. So, I tried today, and I got in. Tomorrow? Who knows, but it should prove to be a fun experience regardless.
Gotta get to bed.
P.S. Thanks so much for the supportive comments. They mean a lot, and they made us feel loved. You guys rock.