“This is a great audience. I feel such a connection with these contestants, which is why I love this job.” – Ryan Seacrest
More than 20,000 starry-eyed contestants flooded into downtown Newark to audition for ‘American Idol‘, the smash-hit singing competition. They lined up for hours at the entrance to the Prudential Center, filling the plaza with energy and anxiety.
For two days this June, Newark was the place where dreams knocked on opportunity’s door in a big way (we think this is the case year-round, but we digress).
The lively crowd screamed even louder when ‘American Idol’ producer and host Ryan Seacrest addressed the crowd with a megaphone and charmed his way through waves of contestants, fans and loved ones.
Newark is one of only seven cities to host auditions for Season 12 of ‘American Idol’. The city, and the Prudential Center, was already host to last year’s ‘X Factor’ auditions, whose turnout exceeded most expectations and set the stage for this year’s burst of activity.
For more on the event, check out NJ.com:
‘American Idol’ comes to town: Newark hosts auditions this week