CHARLOTTE -- Thousands of American Idol hopefuls descended on Time Warner Cable Arena Tuesday morning. At dawn they were already lining up, bringing with them dreams of becoming the season 12 winner. The 6,000 Idol hopefuls were treated to a special guest, native North Carolinian, Scotty McCreery.
"I bring something different to the table,” said Idol hopeful Brad Harris. “I like to reinvent a lot of old songs, make it a little more modern."
The singers packed Time Warner Cable Arena Tuesday morning, knowing the bar is high in North Carolina.
"There are a lot of good people who come out of North Carolina so I just hope I can represent my state," said NC native and Idol hopeful Graham Outten.
The list of past idols from the Carolinas is a long one: Clay Aiken, Fantasia, Chris Daughtry, Kelly Pickler and more recent winner, Scotty McCreery, who stopped by auditions with some advice.
"There's expectations but I mean you gotta go out there,” said American Idol Scotty McCreery. “At the end of the day, they're artists out here and they're going to sing their hearts out. All the North Carolina Idols, we're rooting for them. So we'll see how they do."
Even the show's host, Ryan Seacrest, is optimistic with the state and what it has to offer.
"High expectations for North Carolina because we've been here before and seen some amazing talent," said Seacrest. "We tell them look what we've brought back from North Carolina and beat it!"
Charlotte is one of seven stops on the audition tour. Some hopefuls camped out before sunrise for a spot in line.