American Idol auditions heartbreaking for some

Superstar wannabes sobbed in the afternoon sun on Thursday, as thousands of “American Idol” hopefuls auditioned at AT&T Park for the hit TV show’s last stop on the Season 10 audition tour.

“They don’t want natural talent!” said one bawling woman, an example of many to exit with a sad story about rejection.

Only a fortunate few earned the right to move on, with the rest dejectedly filing out of the stadium on an otherwise gorgeous day on the waterfront.

But not everyone who lost a shot at fame this season was feeling down.

Jerry Thomas, 20, of the Ingleside neighborhood, said he sang Christina Aguilera’s “Reflection” during his audition. He has no regrets despite not making the cut.

“My audition went very smoothly, I loved it and I think the judges loved it also,” Thomas said. “But this season they’re looking for a specific image, a specific genre of voice.”

Lauren Witzig, 20, of Sacramento, has a similar sentiment. The singer said she lost her leg after she contracted E. coli, which led to gangrene. She said she may have scared off judges after singing a song called “Infected.”

“It was probably a little too strange for them,” Witzig said.

Singers were told to report to AT&T Park at 5 a.m. The early call snarled traffic by the ballpark.  It was gridlock hell from the freeway to Third Street, and even worse southbound on Third Street.

Hosts on the Sarah & Vinnie morning radio show at Alice 97.3 marveled at the mess. A San Mateo elementary school teacher who called into the show said she was stuck in the traffic and hungry — which was fine, she said, since her students convinced her to try out this season.

The good news? Businesses in the area were hopping with wannabe stars. The Starbucks on King Street was packed and The Happy Donut at Third and King streets may have been the most happening spot to be in The City around 6 a.m. Meanwhile, a long line stretched down the block from the local McDonald’s.

Was a future megastar fetching coffee this morning? Hard to tell. Two seasons ago, Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta were discovered during auditions in The City.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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