To cynics, American Idol is passé by this point. Season 10's Scotty McCreery only just won back in May. But auditions for Season 11 began weeks ago around the country, and this morning in the pre-dawn black around Invesco Field, wannabes were already lined up.
Cyncis be damned: These people were chasing the dream and the gloomy profiteering stories about the show and its spin-offs were not going to stop them. Click to see a full slideshow of the Idol hopefuls in Denver.
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