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Richmonders try to wow Idol producers

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Hundreds of singers lifted their voices in downtown Richmond today in hopes of becoming the next American Idol.

Producers of the hit show set up shop in front of the State Capitol to check out what our area has to offer.

They stood, sat, and slept for hours in a line on Bank Street that weaved all the way from 10th to I-95.

Each singer brought a different style, but they all shared one goal, and that's to become the next American Idol. As they made their way in front of one of two judges, some accompanied by furry friends, the singers had to possess more than just melodious voices in this audition.

Brian Robinson, American Idol's senior producer, said, "Confidence, performance, stage presence, and picking a good song, too. That's the other thing. Picking a song that really represents who you are."

Some chose to sing original songs, others sang songs a little outside the box. Joi Hamm chose to sing American classics like Etta James' "At Last".

And this song seemed to have been the right choice for Hamm, 20, who became the first contestant to move on to the next round.

"I was nervous. At first, I didn't think he liked me. But after I talked to him, he was like, 'You're in.'"

While she and a few others are in, quite a few are out of the competition, but they say that won't stop them from reaching their dreams. Gabriella Lopez said she "got some positive, I mean good feedback for me to learn from, and I'll keep going on from there."

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