Former American Idol contestant shares audition tips

Former American Idol contestant shares audition tips
Updated: Sep. 4, 2018 at 9:55 PM CDT
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APACHE, Ok (RNN Texoma) - American Idol will hold auditions in Oklahoma City this year. It's the only location in Oklahoma and will take place this Thursday at the Wheeler District.

Rissa Watson, a former American Idol contestant, shared her experience and tips for those who plan to audition. Watson said trying out for American Idol was a great experience, but there were some things she wishes she knew beforehand, like how many people were going to be there auditioning.

"I remember we got there really early cause they said to get there early, and people had been lining up since 1:00 the night before, and we got there at like seven thinking that we'd be good but no, it was several hours inline," Watson said.

The college freshman said she was also shocked by how the auditions went.

"Each person from each group would walk up, and they'd be like 3, 2, 1, all of y'all go at the same time," she recalled. "So, as I was playing my guitar, the dude that was next to me in the other booth was playing his guitar. It was really hard to hear myself over him."

Watson got the chance to sing two songs at her audition in Tulsa, but she was later asked to sing for producers again, this time in New Orleans.

"Another thing that people need to be prepared for is to just be able to drop everything and go," she said. "Because, when they said 'hey, we want to see you here' I had five days to round up the money and everything I needed to get there and so it was all very spontaneous."

She said she auditioned in September but didn't see the actual judges until October, and every time she sang, she sang a different song.

"They want to see a variety. They want to see that you can do different things. So, try to have the biggest spectrum that you can. Try to cover everything," Watson said. "Every area possible, that you think you can do. Show them everything that you're capable of."

Her last word of advice for those trying out is to stay calm.

"It's going to be nerve-wracking but try not to be nervous," she said. "You need to seem calm and that you are confident in what you can do. Just don't over think it. If you over think it then you're going to mess up, and you're going to find self-doubt. You need to go in there, be as strong as you can and just kill it."

Watson said she doesn't plan on auditing this year because she just started college and wants to focus on growing in her music.

If you want to try out, you must be between the ages of 15 and 28. The auditions are scheduled to start at 9, with registration beforehand.

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