By Tony Hicks
Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 at 10:27 am in Uncategorized.
It’s 10 a.m. and, possibly buoyed by the Fox News crew stealing our thunder by having applicants sing in the parking lot (an idea that was certainly ours and only ours) Patricia is almost ready to sing. She steps in front of the camera and the crowd (five people) who’s been waiting with great anticipation goes silent. Some stand on their toes …
“Wait Wait Wait,” Patricia says, falling out of camera range and holding up a hand to the camera. She says something about her bangs. She’s not ready.
What the heck – if you’re willing to wait an hour or so, what’s a few more minutes? There are a few groans. People relax. Then, without warning, Patricia steps up and starts singing “At Last.” This better be good, I think.
Surprisingly, it is. And she gets through … a lot of it. Right up to the part where she again jumps out of camera range and asks for a do-over.
No dice, Patricia. We got you, and it was almost worth the wait.
The place briefly clears out by 10:30. Despite it being only pre-registration day, many people showed up with luggage. Some showed up with guitars. Thankfully, none showed up with any of the items (at least that I saw) from the banned list they give contestants today, including no air mattresses, alcohol, animals, fireworks, Hibachis, illegal drugs, or weapons (including pocket knives and all swords “from any of the Middle Ages”).
It really said all that. We can assume that chainsaws are banned as well, though the list doesn’t specify.
Registration will be going on all day, and there’s no lines. If you think you can sing, get on down here.
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