How to be an American Idol

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Wanna become the next Carrie Underwood? The latest Kelly Clarkson?

The chance to do so begins this Monday, as auditions for American Idol Season Seven kick off in San Diego. Before the latest batch of hopeful give their pipes a run-through, USA Today asked seven of last year's finalists to offer a few tips...

Jordin Sparks: Know that they're watching to see if you'll crack under pressure. Sing something nobody else is doing, because by the 10th time they've heard it, they're going to cut you off early, and you need all the time they give you. Smile. Dress nice, but not so nice. Maybe smart casual.

Blake Lewis: People have to realize it's a show, and producers want what's best for television. You're trying to get a job. You've got to be yourself and be confident. I didn't view it as television, so it was easy. You're not even singing a whole song. Just be true to yourself. There will always be other auditions.

Jordin Sparks, Blake Lewis and other American Idols have advice for newcomers.

Melinda Doolittle: One of my friends did the whole audition with her eyes closed. She can sing beautifully, but she didn't connect with the judges. Even if you're nervous, look them in the eye. Sing a song you believe in, one that you can really sell. Capture their attention. They're looking for more than singing.

Phil Stacey: You've got to be real. The truth is, I would have left a better impression if I had done the music I wanted to do from the start rather than wait until I was comfortable. Blake went a long way because he was crystal clear about who he is.

Gina Glocksen: Don't get overwhelmed. It's going to be a long day. Don't sing Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston or Etta James. Make yourself be noticed without overdoing it. I remember this girl at the L.A. auditions who looked as if she didn't have a care in the world. She made it through.

Chris Sligh: Be comfortable. Have fun with it, and show some personality. Maybe tell a joke. I mean, three jokes got me to the top 10. Be original, be funny.

Haley Scarnato: Stay true to who you are, which is hard to do when you're on a TV show. Focus on the song and get caught up in that moment so you won't let everything else overwhelm you.

What, nothing from Antonella Barba? She must be too busy planning a major photo shoot with Amy Polumbo or something.

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Just my $.02 about why I would never do anything like this What do you rellay stand to gain? If your goal is to be famous within the internet community then do it. If that is your goal, then I would reassess your goals.If your goal is to make money, then this will just take 30-60 days of your time and use it to make someone else money.Internet marketing is hit and miss, but 99% of the people dont understand that, if you go on the show as a contestant or guide and dont hit a homerun, then your brand will be damaged.If you go on the show and share all your best tips, guess what, you just created 1000 little Paul's running around doing the same things you are and competing with you.I just dont see an upside here Probably wont watch, certainly wont participate.

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hey iam katie simpkins and i wan to be on american idollll trust me i got the talent

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This past week Melinda finally finished the vocals on her CD! All of that happens quickly then we will see her CD on shelves this Fall! Also, keep your eye out for her first official single that should be hitting airwaves in the coming weeks. Melinda is going to be throwing a lot of music at us in the coming months so get ready!
New website to support Melinda Career. www.mdstreetteam.com come join us and get to the forum to read what Melinda have to say. She is a amazing singer.

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Update about Melinda first album will be in fall and Holiday cd she work on. To keep you update with Melinda's career www.mdstreetteam.com You are very very welcome to join us Thank to the website to spread the love about Melinda

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Youppi it official the album will be released in fall and she working on Holiday one too I am really happy!

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Melinda Doolittle will released her first album July or August 2008. New website for supporting her in her career. www.mdstreetteam.com You welcome to join us.

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when do the next auditions start for american idol!! i really want to be on it!! and btw how old do u have to be??!!! plz e-mail me back!!! i need to know!!

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I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW TO AUDITION FOR AMERICAN IDOL.

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I WOUL LIKE TO KNOW HOW TO AUDITION FOR JR. AMERICAN IDOL.

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I want to become an American idol it has been my wish to become a singer since i was little, some people say i have a beutiful voice, but others dont. That does not stop me i no i have a good voice. I did a solo in a concert last year and i got so many good coments....PLEASE HELP ME BECOME AN AMERICAN IDOL...

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]
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