After the first arrival through the crowd into the front of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, the judges arrived for each day’s sessions through the back. This is also where the contestants were staged prior to performing.
For continuity, the judges wore the same outfit for the three days they were in Providence. I’m really hoping they were washed every night, or they had multiply sets.
Simon arrived in style this day. It was a real short ride from the hotel to the arena. They two are literally linked by a skybridge. Notice how the police officers are wearing rain gear. The Providence auditions were in late June. These officers were unbelievably hot in the gear. At one point a production editor told them it was okay to get out of the rain gear. It took them about 5 minutes to get it all off. At this point they were asked to put it all back on again to escort another judge.
The audience was encouraged to take photos during the judge introductions and tweet them. After that, all cell phones had to be put away to the taping of the actual show.
The contestant holding area had two parts. One was full of mirrors and chairs were they would sit and talk with their friends or family that they had brought along. ?The other spot was right off stage where the contestants did their final preparations.
The audience went nuts when Demi and Britney were introduced. So much that Britney would put her fingers in her ears and wince.
This guy did a fantastic job. Then after making in to the next round he went backstage to hug his son.
In the next post I’ll do a side-by-side of this couple, with and without the wig.
Above is the same contestant who was making gestures in the mirror. After getting a hug from Demi, he took the opportunity to hug Britney and shake hands with Simon and L.A. Smart move.
This is one of my favorite shots from this day. She went on to perform well and make it to the next round.
The judges would take breaks every 5 contestants to go back to their rooms. I don’t know what they did there, but when they came back audience members would try to get autographs and photos as they walked in from a side entrance.
I’ll finish this post with another happy moment. These guys were given a second chance and made the most of it. Onto the next round you go.