August 22, 2006

Thousands sing at “Idol” trial in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - More than 8,000 "American
Idol" hopefuls auditioned for the hit talent show in
Birmingham, Ala., on Monday, hoping to follow in the footsteps
of two previous winners who hail from the southern city.

Would-be pop stars from states as far flung as Virginia,
Michigan and California attempted to sway producers in brief
auditions. Monday's try-out was part of a series of nationwide

Reigning champ Taylor Hicks comes from Birmingham, as does
Ruben Studdard, winner of the show's second season in 2003.

"Maybe I'll get the fever and the magic will rub off on
me," said Roberto Adams of Atlanta, Ga.

Birmingham, which coincidentally calls itself the "Magic
City," was the birthplace of several members of the
Temptations, while country singer Tammy Wynette briefly lived
there before she was famous.