Hundreds lined up bright and early this morning for their chance to impress the panel at the first round of auditions held at the George R. Brown Convention Center downtown.
Some people arrived as early as 4 a.m., even though registration didn't start until 6:30 a.m.
Celebrity judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan aren't there for the initial rounds.
Instead, contestants perform for producers and then possibly, the executive producer. They decide who moves on from Houston.
If they make the cut, they will continue their journey to the next round, which may be in front of the American Idol judges.
For many, just auditioning is a dream come true.
"Been watching it since I was a little girl. I grew up watching it. God just created a way for me to audition. The season came back so it was perfect timing," said Idol hopeful Siete Richardson.
Another hopeful, Morgan White, says she's been singing since she was a little girl.
The 17-year-old told Eyewitness News her father was also a singer. Before he died a few years ago, he pushed her to follow her dreams.
"All different kinds of music, and it's helped me through trauma and the death of my father," White said.
White was told to come back next year.
Producers say vocal talent is important, but they want to see more.
"We are looking for that total package, the voice, the personality. All of it to come together in one person," said American Idol talent producer Shae Wilber.
Wilber is also a former contestant. She says thousands will go before her, but only a select group will make it through.
How you can audition for 'American Idol'
If you couldn't make today's audition, your voice can still be heard.
You can audition online, in-person at one of the tour dates or both. Visit American Idol's audition website for information about how to audition online.
Auditions will be held next in Austin on Sept. 6.
You can also register ahead of time for an in-person audition by visiting American Idol's audition website.
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