Cars idle for ‘American Idol’

American Pothole?

Unwitting drivers that chose King Street to enter The City early Thursday morning ended up trapped in maddening bumper-to-bumper traffic as auditions for the hit TV show “American Idol” began.

It was gridlock hell from the freeway to Third Street — and it was even worse southbound on Third Street. The yawning, jittery “Idol” hopefuls were asked to show up to auditions at AT&T Park at 5 a.m.

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 superstars. The Starbucks on King Street was packed. The Happy Donut at Third and King streets may have been the most happening spot to be in The City around 6 a.m. And a long line stretched down the block from the local McDonald’s.

Folks from around the nation traveled to The City to audition, the show said. But was a future megastar fetching coffee this morning?

Hard to tell. Two seasons ago, however, Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta were discovered in The City. California is the last stop on the Season 10 audition tour, the show’s website said.

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