published Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

'American Idol' Nashville auditions attract a crowd

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    Hundreds show up as American Idol holds auditions at Municipal Auditorium in downtown Nashville on July 30, 2014.
    Photo by The Tennessean /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

By 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, hundreds of aspiring pop stars packed the sidewalk surrounding Nashville Municipal Auditorium as "American Idol" brought its auditions back to Music City.

It was an impressive scene, but not quite as flashy as the reality TV show's last visit to Nashville in 2010. Back then, it set up auditions at the larger Bridgestone Arena, and blocked off traffic on Lower Broadway for thousands of auditioners, family and friends.

As it enters its 14th season, "Idol" may not be the ratings juggernaut it once was, but the platform it provides still attracted plenty of talents from around Nashville. And "Idol" continues to be drawn to Music City, according to senior supervising producer Patrick Lynn.

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