A trip south to play softball turned into a completely unrelated opportunity for 2013 Little Falls High School graduate Rachel Demeree.
The Nazareth College-bound teen-ager will make a detour though Foxborough, Mass., in August to audition for a chance to compete on television’s American Idol.
“I don’t watch TV in general,” Demeree said of the popular Fox vocal competition, “but I would be excited.”
Demeree sang her way onto the stage at Gillette Stadium with her performance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in April. In Florida on the Little Falls Mounties’ Disney Spring Training trip over April break, the team took a trip to the theme park and Demeree caught the ear of a bus driver.
“Our bus driver told us about it,” Demeree said. “He heard us all singing and said he heard one voice over everybody and (my teammates) told him it was me.”
While at the park, Demeree entered the American Idol Experience and advanced through her initial round of competition. She returned to sing later in the day with four others before a live audience of 400 people for a performance shown on screens outside the auditorium. Another strong performance earned her a Dream Ticket, the American Idol equivalent of the Golden Ticket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The ticket ensured Demeree of a chance to perform at one of the six venues hosting auditions for Season 13 of American Idol. Top performers from those six cities will advance to the show’s televised auditions.
In Florida, Demeree sang “I See You” by Leona Lewis in her first round of competition and had “Colors of the Wind” chosen for her second performance from Disney’s Pocahontas. She plans to sing “I See You” again Friday at the home of the New England Patriots; she is also preparing Thompson Square’s “If I Didn’t Have You” and Adele’s “Skyfall.”
The first auditions for Season 13 were held in Salt Lake City, Utah, San Francisco, Detroit and Atlanta. Austin, Texas, hosts auditions Wednesday and Omaha, Neb., Aug. 11.