‘American Idol’: Lauren Mascitti’s Advice For Future Contestants

Despite complications from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, American Idol will still holding auditions for next season. If you’re planning to audition this year, Lauren Mascitti has some advice! Showbiz Cheat Sheet spoke with the former American Idol contestant about her experience auditioning for the show. 

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Lauren Mascitti’s ‘American Idol’ journey 

For the first time, the American Idol judges allowed 21 contestants into what is traditionally the Top 20. Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan couldn’t decide between Mascitti and her fellow competitor, Grace Leer. “It was exciting for me and just flattering that they thought enough of us that they were going to fight over both of us if they didn’t do a vote,” Mascitti shared. 

In the following weeks, America chose Leer to advance in the competition. “You can’t argue with God,” Mascitti said, humbled to have had the opportunity to get as far as she did in the competition. “I’m excited to find out what that is, and I’m really trying to put my trust in Him and stay positive.” 

Advice for future ‘American Idol’ auditions from a former contestant 

Auditioning for American Idol is a challenge that thousands of people take on each year. If you’re lucky enough to receive a “golden ticket” from the judges, it’s on to the next challenge — Hollywood Week. 

“They give golden tickets to quite a few people, and Hollywood week is very hard,” Mascitti recalled. “They whittle it down to the Top 40 during a period of like, five days. It’s hard to get through.” 

As a contestant who loves old school, classic country, Mascitti used her interests to her advantage on American Idol. “The voices in Hollywood week are so intimidating, as a mellow songwriter country artist type it was intimidating. [But] later on, I saw that being different helped me stand out.”

According to Mascitti, the secret to advancing in the competition is to be yourself. “Even though I didn’t do all of these vocal acrobatics, being myself was unique enough for them to say ‘Hey this girl’s got something.’” 

The judges took note of Mascitti’s authenticity when she performed her original song “God Made A Woman” during Hollywood Week. The judges gave Mascitti a standing ovation, but Richie was the most impressed. “Lionel kept saying ‘Good song! Strong song!’ Mascitti recalled. “That overwhelms me that he loved it that much, and that was really encouraging to me.”

Mascitti’s decision to perform an original song went against the judges’ advice, but in the end, it’s what helped her advance in the competition. “You can’t have fun when you’re trying to be somebody you’re not,” Mascitti expressed. “Nobody else can be you like you, and so that’s just bound to make you stand out.”

How to audition for ‘American Idol’ 

Fans interested in auditioning for the next season of American Idol can still do so. Because of the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, auditions are being held online

You must be at least 15-years-old to audition. Register on the eTribez site to submit an audition video!