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    'American Idol' Holds Auditions

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    By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press Writer

    DETROIT (AP) - No need to worry.

    All of the ingredients that made "American Idol" this summer's television sensation appear to be in place for next year's second installment.

    Acid-tongued British record producer Simon Cowell is back as a judge, as are singer-dancer Paula Abdul (news) and industry veteran Randy Jackson. Los Angeles-based radio disc jockey Ryan Seacrest will return as host.

    However, a few tweaks became known Friday as the three judges and Seacrest took time out from judging talent in Detroit. Auditions started Monday. Detroit was the first of seven cities where auditions are being held.

    Original co-host Brian Dunkleman won't be back, Seacrest said. And the show's producers have added a fourth judge, rapper and radio personality Angie Martinez.

    Cowell didn't appear to have missed a step from the first season.

    When Abdul said, "I fear Simon is rubbing off on me," Cowell cocked his head to the side, stared at her and asked, "You're becoming intelligent?"

    Cowell also didn't mince words when asked about the auditions he'd seen in Detroit.

    "Some of the stuff I heard out there simply can't be described as singing. I mean it was terrible," he said. "It never ceases to amaze me. It's like they're deaf, because what I'm hearing is something very different from what they're hearing."

    Jackson also wasn't very kind about Detroit's offerings.

    "We're really just trying to see if there's any `Mo' left in this town," Jackson said.

    Texas cocktail waitress Kelly Clarkson was the survivor among 10,000 entrants who thought they had what it takes to be pop stars the first time around. Along the way, the Fox series became a summer hit, particularly among young viewers.

    Clarkson earned a recording contract, and her first single, "A Moment Like This," went to the top of the charts.

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    From the Hamptons Daily Press:

    'Idol' hopeful shut out by crowd
    Fri Oct 25, 8:43 AM ET
    By Sam McDonald

    Here's a lesson thousands took home from the "American Idol" auditions in New York City on Thursday.

    If you want to make it in show business, you'd better be early.

    Really early.

    Poquoson's Casey Murphy arrived at the site of auditions 7 a.m. Thursday only to find that all 1,800 audition slots had been filled hours before. Murphy was among 3,000 singers who were turned away from the tryouts for the hit Fox TV show.
    Wow. So 1800 got to try out, of almost 5000 that showed up.

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