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Milwaukee Sends More Singers to Next "Idol" Round Than NJ


MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Apparently, Milwaukee has better signing talent than New Jersey.

“American Idol” held its second round of auditions Sunday, and host Ryan Seacrest said the judges sent more Milwaukee singers to the next round in Hollywood than they did last week at their first stop in Jersey.

Over 10,000 people had showed up this summer at Milwaukee’s Bradley Center for their chance at stardom.

Sunday, 110 were called back to the Milwaukee Art Museum. And 38 of them were good enough to be “going to Hollywood” by the time a news conference was held with 32 auditions left to go.

The two newest judges – Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler – joined hold-over judge Randy Jackson. Lopez said about 60 percent of the singers appeared to be from the Milwaukee area.

This is the 10th year of “American Idol.” The Fox show has launched a number of singing careers including Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, and Milwaukee native Danny Gokey.

Milwaukee was chosen for the first time to host the initial Idol auditions, along with 5 other U.S. cities. The show returns to Fox in January.