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June 28, 2011 Slideshows

St. Louis American Idol Auditions 

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For the first time since 2004, American Idol returned to St. Louis (where season 4 winner Carrie Underwood auditioned) to kick off auditions for season 11. Over 10,000 showed up from all over the country and waited patiently, some even showing up at midnight to grab a spot in line. Photos by Jon Gitchoff.
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Allen (pictured center) plans to sing "Wait For You" by Elliot Yamin.
American Idol hopefuls getting excited before their auditions.
American Idol hopefuls make their way to their audition.
American Idol producers lining up a shot for the show.
An American Idol hopeful getting in some final preparations before her audition.
Chris from Iron Range, MN (an hour away from Canada) came all the way to St. Louis to audition for American Idol.
Daulton from Indianapolis before his audition where he plans to sing "Stand By Me."
For those unaware, she's from Vardaman, Mississippi.
Idol hopefuls even came by boat to try out in St. Louis.
In order to get in the front of the audition line, Idol hopefuls lined up as early as midnight.
Jared came all the way from Virginia to audition for American Idol in St. Louis in which he plans to sing "It Takes Two" from Hairspray the musical for his audition.
Jordan (pictured right) advertises himself as the singing weatherman as he's currently attending school studying Meteorology.
Megan from Indiana before her audition where she plans to sing Adele's "Rolling in the Deep."
Nick and Kanya traveled all the way from Florida to audition for American Idol.
Over 10,000 people showed up to try out for American Idol.
Over 10,000 people showed up to try out for American Idol.
Ryan Seacrest greeting American Idol hopefuls.
Ryan Seacrest opens up auditions for American Idol season 11.
Travis from Minneapolis (pictured left with guitar) plans to sing "Eleanor Rigby" for his American Idol audition.
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Allen (pictured center) plans to sing "Wait For You" by Elliot Yamin.

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