'American Idol' holds North Charleston auditions

Thousands of "Idol" hopefulls started lining up early Friday morning outside the North Charleston coliseum. / WCIV/Laura Harris

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WACH, AP) -- The American Idol crowd is ready and waiting. Thousands of "Idol" hopefuls started lining up early Friday morning outside the North Charleston coliseum.

"American Idol" scouts are traveling to North Charleston to see if the country's next aspiring pop star is a South Carolinian.

Talent scouts are holding auditions Friday at the North Charleston Coliseum for the upcoming 11th season of the popular show.

Antwon Outing, winner for WACH Fox's Palmetto Idol competition, is sure to be at the auditions.

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I was overwhelmed, said Outing, of his new title. For Outing, a security guard, this was not his first time on the Palmetto Idol stage, appearing for the third time, all wearing the number 57. I wanted to be 57 again, so I let people pass, Outing said.

Outing also competed, while in the US Navy, in Regan Idol, named for the USS Ronald Regan that he served on. He says that he now dibble dabbles in music, calling gospel his favorite to sing, however, plans to sing Superstar by Luther Vandross for American Idol producers in Charleston.

Wristbands were distributed to candidates Wednesday and Thursday during pre-registration. No hopefuls are being allowed to camp out at the coliseum.

This is the second time auditions have been held in the area. The first time was for Season 7.

Hopefuls belted it out earlier this month at tryouts in North Carolina. Raleigh's Clay Aiken was a runner-up in the 2003 season of American Idol. Garner's Scotty McCreery captured the 2011 title in May.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)