American Idol

Chicago, IL Auditions

Season 12, Ep 2, Aired 1/17/13
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  • Episode Description
  • The auditions continue on Part Two of the two-night season premiere of American Idol, as the judges continue their quest to find the next singing superstar. Don't miss the auditions that everyone will be talking about the next day

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  • Notes (1)

    • A third new way to audition was mentioned in this episode. It is called the "American Idol Small Town Audition Bus Tour". This is to reach out to the smaller towns to try and find new talent. A total of 10 towns were visited by the mobile audition bus in August:  Idaho Falls, Idaho; Billings, Montana; Casper, Wyoming; Rock Rapids, Iowa; Iowa City, Iowa; Bowling Green, Kentucky; Clarksdale, Mississippi; Joplin, Missouri; Dodge City, Kansas and Grand Junction, Colorado. Like with the nomination process, a person who is selected still has to come to the main auditions with the Judges.

    Trivia (4)

    • Keith had to leave part way through the first day because he had a concert. He returned for all of Day 2.

    • Season 10 contestant Haley Reinhart showed up at the stadium for support, as she is from Chicago.

    • This episode's Twitter hashtags were: #idolauditions, #idolchicago, #idolfashion, #idolbus, #idolhunks and #idolinspire.

    • 47 people made it on to the Hollywood Round

    Allusions (1)

    • The Miserables: This section of the episode was an obvious parody to the musical Les Miserables. A play about a man named Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sister's child.

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