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Hiram resident gets chance to go to front of line for ‘Idol’ auditions
by Adam Elrod
aelrod@neighbornewspapers.com
August 07, 2013 10:10 AM | 1916 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Paulding County resident got to go to the front of the line to take her shot at fame when “American Idol” auditions came to Atlanta July 26.

Andrea Long of Hiram won the “Fox 5 Atlanta Idol” contest, which guaranteed her an audition for the show’s 2014 season with ‘Idol’ producers, according to Fox 5’s website.

Long said she found out about the contest when a friend posted a link on her Facebook page. She said she was already planning on trying out, so Long filled out the application. Fox 5 announced her as one of four winners July 25.

As a winner she was able to skip the line, and go straight to the first round of judges.

“Being able to jump in front of people was awesome,” Long said.

She said there were about 5,000 people waiting for their chance to sing during tryouts at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth.

Each contestant receives 30 seconds to sing a song of their choice a capella – without musical accompaniment. Long sang the Miranda Lambert country music hit “Gunpowder and Lead” to the two judges.

“I didn’t make it past the first round,” she said.

She said she has watched “American Idol” since its first season in 2002.

This was her first time going through the audition process and she said she plans to audition again if the show brings the auditions back to Atlanta.

Next time Long said she would probably sing “See You Again” by Carrie Underwood.

She said her husband Chuck Long supported her auditioning.
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