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Can you believe it? Over 16,000 talented hopefuls gathered this past weekend chasing dreams and chasing pavements in Nashville, TN at the Season 10 auditions for the famed ‘American Idol‘ competition.

While ratings have slipped drastically for the on-air television show broadcast every year on FOX 19, you wouldn’t dare say that in the presence of the thousands of diverse singers who registered, showed up and showed out for the new season’s first set of auditions.

For those of you who are not familiar with the ‘Idol’ audition craze, let me just sum it all up in one word: nuts! From the cameras, to the family and friends cheering you on in support, to the thousands of other gifted (and not so gifted) singers vying for their golden ticket to stardom, fame and celebrity, it is an experience like no other.

Try on for size multiple days filled with heavy traffic, long lines, little sleep and staggering energy from the crowds. Then when you finally get to sing, the process starts all over again if you advance to the next round. Making it to Hollywood is never as easy as it may seem. This weekend alone, production assistants registered people around the clock for more than 49 hours, handing out wristbands for entry into Saturday’s auditions.

If you think you have what it takes to end up among the likes of the past nine season’s winners, maybe you should take your chances, risk it all and sing your way to the top.

Registration in the next city begins today at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, with auditions taking place Wednesday. Additional audition cities include New Orleans (July 26), East Rutherford, N.J. (Aug. 3), Austin (Aug. 11) and San Francisco (Aug. 19).

Hopefully we’ll see many of you on our television screens during Season 10. Best wishes to all of those planning to see it through to the end. We have your back and can’t wait to vote for you!

So will you be auditioning in one of the cities mentioned above? If so, let us know by logging in and posting your comments below. Will any of you plan to watch the show this season or are you over the ‘American Idol‘ hype officially?

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