What it's like auditioning for American Idol

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Clinching a spot on American Idol takes a serious singing voice, engaging stage presence, and a lot of patience. (WLS)

Clinching a spot on American Idol takes a serious singing voice, engaging stage presence, and a lot of patience.

Some spent upwards of four hours in line at McCormick Place waiting for a shot at fame. 17-year-old Marley Przanowski woke up around 4 a.m. to get from the northern suburbs to McCormick Place.

Others traveled much farther. Ashley Jenkins trekked from North Dakota for the open auditions, proclaiming, "It's worth it."

Jenkins was close to her moment to shine around 1:30 p.m., having gotten on line around 9 a.m.

That means she shuffled along the side of the McCormick Place building with countless contestants, filled in registration forms, and then stood in the holding room--all without a chance to leave and get food. There was water and a bathroom close by.

For some still outside the convention center around lunch, the idea of giving up became a real possibility. But just when it seemed the line wouldn't move, security guards waved in the remainder of the line, bringing many more closer to their dreams of stardom.

Those who waited eventually had an opportunity to sing before a panel of show producers who would listen for anywhere between a few seconds and a minute before determining if a contestant earned a call back.

For now, we'll have to wait and see if any Chicagoans have what it takes to be the next American Idol!

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