American Idol hopefuls display talents in Kansas City auditions

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The next American Idol just might be right here in Kansas City! Auditions for Season 14 of the Fox show took place at UMKC Monday.

Hundreds of people showed up hoping to be the next American Idol.

"I'm doing fine, happy, I'm going to be the next American Idol!" said one Idol hopeful in line.

"Pretty nervous, but I'm ready for it!" said another.

"So nervous, oh my god, excited!" said a third person in line.

Emotions ran high, the line ran long, but Idol hopefuls wouldn't let anything stand in the way of their dreams.

"Honestly, as long as it takes," said 16-year-old Olivia Vanderploeg, who drove all the way from Iowa to be at the auditions.

Some didn't make the cut.

"She said that she didn't think we were ready yet and to come back next year because this isn't easy," said Paula Ehrhardt, but she had the right attitude, "I just came out here for the experience, I wasn't expecting to make it, I was just trying to have fun with it."

Patrick Lynn, the senior supervising producer for American Idol, says there are a lot of great singers, and it's hard to say what they look for.

"It's kind of hard to put your finger on that," said Lynn, "What you want to do is when you're watching talent you want to be able to say wow, I want to see that again!"

"I think I have a lot of creativity, I come up with a lot of interesting covers, and I think that I can bring something very interesting to the competition," said Daniel Philyaw, who must have had that "wow" factor, because after singing Black Bird by Paul McCartney, he made it through to the next round.

"I was actually very relaxed until I got right up behind the next row of people that were about to go!" said Philyaw.

Dan went to Blue Springs South, the high school where previous Idol winner, David Cook, went.

"He's been a real hero to me," added Philyaw.

In fact, Dan was the first recipient of the David Cook Scholarship -- a program Cook started for kids at his high school alma mater going on to college.

"Now I'm on top of the world!" Philyaw says.

American Idol launched the True Believer Initiative this year, which awards the person who encouraged you to try out because they believed in your talent. They get $50,000 if you win American Idol.

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