Disney World plans Idol attraction
Potential American Idols will be able to compete for a place on the hit US TV show in a forthcoming attraction at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, theme park chiefs say.
Visitors will be able to audition in front of a 1,000-strong audience and the daily winner will be given a guaranteed pass to the TV show's regional auditions.
The attraction, which is expected to open later this year, will give visitors the chance to experience the challenge of auditioning, the rush of performing on stage in competition, or the thrill of judging the performances, with all the glitz and glamour of the distinctive American Idol set, a Disney spokesman said.
Duncan Wardle of Disney said: "For everybody who's ever dreamed of being on the Idol stage, they're going to get the chance for their dreams to come true."
Asked why the partnership with the TV show was important, Mr Wardle said: "It's a cultural phenomenon which has crossed all boundaries, not just here in the States, but all around the world.
"American Idol is about making dreams come true and Disney Parks is where dreams come true."
Simon Fuller, CEO of 19 Entertainment and the show's creator, said: "One of the most remarkable elements about American Idol is that for a brief moment each week, we can provide TV viewers with the opportunity to imagine life as America's next superstar.
"Disney's new attraction perfectly captures what we at American Idol feel is the heart and soul of this brand; real people getting a shot to make their dream a reality."
Visitors will be able to pick their song beforehand through a website or on the day itself, and will be given the opportunity to rehearse their hit in the park's sound booths.
Those who pass the auditions will work with a vocal coach before performing in front of a live audience and a panel of judges in one of the seven daily shows. The winners will go forward to the end-of-day finale to compete for a place in the TV show's regional auditions.