MINNEAPOLIS -- Thousands of inspiring music artists gathered in front of Mariucci Arena yesterday (Wednesday) to have a chance to live out their dreams at the American Idol Auditions.

This year will be the 14th season for the show, with auditions stopping in 15 cities across the country.

Derek Pietrowski traveled from Wisconsin for the auditions, hoping to begin his music career.

"I want to try and develop myself on my own, whatever route that may take," says Pietrowski.

Pietrowski waited in line since 6:00 a.m. for his chance to perform.

Anoka native and Mix 94.9 intern Kayla Coffland tried her luck at the auditions. She says while the nerves were there, she didn't really know what to expect.

"I just wanted to do the best I could and put what I got out there," says Coffland.

Coffland waiting for about four hours to audition in front of one of the eight judges.

"I'd say it went well but I got three words -- I'm gonna pass -- and that was it," says Coffland.

One by one numbers began to drop, with some performers living out their dreams and others checking the audition off their bucket list.

Coffland says while she didn't get to move on it was a great experience.

"Every audition experience is good, because it just builds you up and makes you want it more and more," says Coffland.

American Idol auditions will continue on Wednesday in New Orleans.


Thousands waiting in line for a chance to perform at the American Idol auditions in Minneapolis yesterday (Wednesday). (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)