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Tips for American Idol auditions

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Only a day away from American Idol auditions in Joplin and singers are already preparing for auditions.  Many Four State residents think they have what it takes to be the next American Idol and we spoke with a local musician and vocal coach for tips to have a good audition.

Twenty year old, Miami, Oklahoma country-pop musician James Redden says that persistence and passion are key for auditioning for shows like American Idol.

"The hard part is that you wait and wait to find out if you've made it and if you haven't, you just have to hold your breath and try out for the next one," says Redden.

On his first American Idol audition the answer was no.

"It was devastating, to say the least," says Redden.

Redden has also been in front of judges for X-Factor and The Voice.  His advice for Idol hopefuls is not to push their voices.

"I make sure I sing every day, no matter what, even if it's just a small audition, big audition - biggest day of my life thing I would still sing, but I wouldn't over do it to where you're hoarse the next day to where you can't sing at all," Redden says.

Larry Stotsbery coaches singers at Missouri Southern State University and knows the importance of not over doing it.

"Overdoing your singing and singing too much can cause a real raspy hoarse quality to your voice, it can also lead eventually to some sort of vocal problems," Stotsbery says.

Redden's other tips:

  • Be yourself
  • Be positive
  • Dress appropriately
  • Be particular when choosing a song

Stotsbery also says drink lots of water.

"It is very important that they keep lots of water," says Stotsbery.  "Keep water and moisture running down their throat at all times."

"Right now they just want to hear your money notes," says Redden.  "They want to hear you belt your face off."

Try outs begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. at Landreth Park and will end at 4 p.m.

To audition you must be between the ages of 15 and 28.  If you're under 18 you need a parent or guardian with you.

The Joplin Convention and Visitor's Bureau is preparing for tomorrow's audition and say there will be time for everyone to audition.

"They will not allow you to line up until eight o'clock in the morning," says Patrick Tuttle of the Joplin Convention and Visitor's Bureau.  "They're going to get everybody in.  It's not to be a rush to be the first one and get in here and be selected.  They're here from nine o'clock in the morning to four in the afternoon, so there's plenty of time to get everybody in."

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