NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The face of American Idol faced an estimated 10,000 people outside the North Charleston Coliseum on Friday morning and shouted "This is American Idol," as the cameras rolled on Season 11 of the hit show.
Ryan Seacrest shot segments for the show's next season and he met with contestants who are auditioning to become the next big star.
" We've been here before. Obviously I grew up not too far from here, so it's good to be back in the region," Seacrest said Friday morning. "It's a little warm, so we're trying to get them inside as quickly as possible."
Faithful fans camped on the sidewalk overnight. They slept, stood and sang the time away, waiting patiently for their chance at stardom. Bethany Moebs of Mt. Pleasant arrived at midnight.
"It's been a long time just to audition for American Idol," Moebs said. It's definitely gonna be worth it. I'm really ready to do this. I'm ready to be in front of a crowd and show them what I got."
People traveled from all over the region for a chance to audition. Many brought guitars or held signs to show why they should be on the next season of American Idol.
Kendrea Gillespie traveled from Salisbury, NC to audition.
"I've been trying to prepare mentally," Gillespie said. "Just get into a mental state of mind and gettin' up in front of people and singing and just practicing. Practice makes perfect."
Auditions for the hit show began at 8 a.m. and the lines are wrapped around the block. Those auditioning were let inside the coliseum for a break from the heat while they waited in line.
The first phase of the auditioning process is underway, but this is just the beginning. There are two more auditioning phases that contestants will have to go through. Then, anyone who is chosen after that will make it to the big stage in Hollywood, Calif.