By 6am, the line snaked around two full sides of the Dome some of the ones at the front had been waiting since Friday. Optimism reigned as with 17-year old Chase Fowler from Blacksburg, South Carolina:
FOWLER: I'm really just looking for the opportunity to get myself out there. I think I've got the heart and the determination to really do this, so I'm excited. (Sings)
They came from all over the U.S. 21-year old Emily Roe came from as far away as Corning, New York.
Auditions take place on Tuesday.
Odette Yousef, WABE News.
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