“Oklahoma has always been a hotbed for talent.”—Casting Producer Nancy Yearing
Hundreds flock to the Brady District
TULSA, Oklahoma — The popular television show American Idol came to Tulsa’s Guthrie Green, Friday, September 1, to hold open auditions. This marked the show’s third time visiting the Sooner state searching for the country’s next pop sensation.
The audition line began forming in the early morning hours. By daybreak, there were hundreds of hopefuls and supporters lining the streets.
With Tulsa’s rich history of music, there is no wonder as to why the city was chosen as one of the stops on the nationwide tour, according to Casting Producer Nancy Yearing.
“Oklahoma has always been a hotbed for talent,” she said.
Navajo, Cherokee, Otoe and of course Muscogee (Creek) were just a few of the tribes represented in the long line of aspirants.
The capital of the Muscogee Nation was well represented.
Martin Solorzana, a Muscogee (Creek) citizen from Okmulgee, was among the horde of ambitious performers waiting for their turn in front of a judge and, just maybe, an invitation to the next round.
“I don’t know if I’d like to win, I’d like to get up there and then get X’d out…those people seem to do better,” Solorzano quipped about the possibility of winning.
Another Muscogee (Creek) member, Trey Mason, also from Okmulgee, summed up his hopes very succinctly saying, “I’d like to become a touring artist and get rich.” Sentiments surely shared by most in the crowd.
American Idol was thought to have ended last year but this proved to be short lived. It will be revamped and rebranded for it’s new home on the ABC network, and the new season will begin airing later this year.
At the end of the day only a handful of Oklahomans were chosen leaving most to return home with a memory not soon forgotten and another year to practice.