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Contestants perform in front of the judges at the Cirque du Soleil's Viva Elvis Theatre in Las Vegas on the "American Idol" airing Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

'American Idol' Season 11 auditions

The show's judges traveled to Savannah, Ga., Aspen, Colo., Galveston, Texas, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego and St. Louis in search of contestants with the raw talent and potential to become the next "American Idol."

Some photo highlights from "Idol's" Season 11 auditions.

Contestants perform in front of the judges in
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Contestants perform in front of the judges in Las Vegas on "American Idol" airing Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.

Contestants perform in front of the judges in
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Contestants perform in front of the judges in Las Vegas on "American Idol" airing Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.

Contestants perform in front of the judges in
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Contestants perform in front of the judges in Las Vegas on "American Idol" airing Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.

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Contestants perform in front of the judges in
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Contestants perform in front of the judges in Las Vegas on "American Idol" airing Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.

Contestants perform in front of the judges in
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Contestants perform in front of the judges in Las Vegas on "American Idol" airing Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.

Contestants perform in front of the judges in
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Contestants perform in front of the judges in Las Vegas on "American Idol" airing Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.

Contestant Jen Hirsch performs in front of the
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Contestant Jen Hirsch performs in front of the judges in Las Vegas on "American Idol" airing Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.

Contestants learn their fate in front of the
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Contestants learn their fate in front of the judges at the Cirque du Soleil's Viva ELVIS Theatre in Las Vegas on "American Idol" airing Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

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Contestants learn their fate in front of the
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Contestants learn their fate in front of the judges at the Cirque du Soleil's Viva ELVIS Theatre in Las Vegas on "American Idol" airing Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

Contestants learn their fate in front of the
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Contestants learn their fate in front of the judges at the Cirque du Soleil's Viva ELVIS Theatre in Las Vegas on "American Idol" airing Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

Contestants learn their fate in front of the
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Contestants learn their fate in front of the judges at the Cirque du Soleil's Viva ELVIS Theatre in Las Vegas on "American Idol" airing Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

Contestants learn their fate in front of the
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Contestants learn their fate in front of the judges at the Cirque du Soleil's Viva ELVIS Theatre in Las Vegas on "American Idol" airing Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

Contestants learn their fate in front of the
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Contestants learn their fate in front of the judges at the Cirque du Soleil's Viva ELVIS Theatre in Las Vegas on "American Idol" airing Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

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Contestants learn their fate in front of the
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Contestants learn their fate in front of the judges at the Cirque du Soleil's Viva ELVIS Theatre in Las Vegas on "American Idol" airing Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

Contestants learn their fate in front of the
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Contestants learn their fate in front of the judges at the Cirque du Soleil's Viva ELVIS Theatre in Las Vegas on "American Idol" airing Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

Contestants perform in front of the judges at
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Contestants perform in front of the judges at the Cirque du Soleil's Viva ELVIS Theatre in Las Vegas on "American Idol" airing Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

Contestants perform in front of the judges at
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Contestants perform in front of the judges at the Cirque du Soleil's Viva ELVIS Theatre in Las Vegas on "American Idol" airing Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

Contestants perform in front of the judges at
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Contestants perform in front of the judges at the Cirque du Soleil's Viva Elvis Theatre in Las Vegas on the "American Idol" airing Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

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Contestants perform in front of the judges at
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Contestants perform in front of the judges at the Cirque du Soleil's Viva ELVIS Theatre in Las Vegas on "American Idol" airing Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

Contestants perform in front of the judges at
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Contestants perform in front of the judges at the Cirque du Soleil's Viva ELVIS Theatre in Las Vegas on "American Idol" airing Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

Judge Randy Jackson performs on the
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Judge Randy Jackson performs on the "American Idol" airing Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012.

The judges join contestants after letting them know
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The judges join contestants after letting them know who would be moving on to the next round on "American Idol" airing Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012.

Ryan Seacrest, left, with contestants on
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Ryan Seacrest, left, with contestants on "American Idol" airing Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012.

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Judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson
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Judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson on "American Idol" airing Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012.

Individual contestants vie for a spot in the
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Individual contestants vie for a spot in the more complicated and dangerous group competition.

From more than 300 contestants sent through to
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From more than 300 contestants sent through to Hollywood, dozens were eliminated almost immediately. Those left standing will form groups for the next round.

Nerves can fray easily as contestants fight to
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Nerves can fray easily as contestants fight to live another week, figuratively speaking.

Tension! Drama! Lost voices! Not to mention a
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Tension! Drama! Lost voices! Not to mention a stomach flu that went viral. It seems to take up more time than the performances.

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In the Hollywood round, most will have to
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In the Hollywood round, most will have to pack their bags as soon as they are unpacked.

Even though they are in a competition, contestants
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Even though they are in a competition, contestants are supportive of one another. Then again, they do get on each other's nerves.

Joy can turn to tears can turn to
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Joy can turn to tears can turn to joy -- all in the same day. Emotions run high with the talented, young hopefuls from around the country.

Fainting seemed to be commonplace as many of
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Fainting seemed to be commonplace as many of the "Idol" contestants were exhausted or ill.

Judges Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson (with host
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Judges Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson (with host Ryan Seacrest) have, with fellow judge Steven Tyler, already had to make some tough calls.

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The judges will have their work cut out
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The judges will have their work cut out for them as competition gears up for the "group" round.

Prayer could not hurt.
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Prayer could not hurt.

These judges are a trifecta of superlatives, and
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These judges are a trifecta of superlatives, and they have the chops to dispense praise and advice.

Ryan Seacrest is at the helm for another
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Ryan Seacrest is at the helm for another season of "American Idol." Hollywood is even brighter as these singing stars vie for a place in the final competitions.

St. Louis contestant Lauren Gray sang Adele's
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St. Louis contestant Lauren Gray sang Adele's "One and Only" for the "American Idol" judges, who sent her on to Hollywood, with their compliments. (Feb. 2, 2012)

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St. Louis contestant Reis Kloeckner, who told judges
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St. Louis contestant Reis Kloeckner, who told judges he'd been bullied in high school but was helped by being involved with choir, sang "Lean on Me," a performance that touched Steven Tyler. (Feb. 2, 2012)

St. Louis contestant Ethan Jones, 22, sang
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St. Louis contestant Ethan Jones, 22, sang "I'll Be" by Edwin McCain, earning a ticket to Hollywood. (Feb. 2, 2012)

St. Louis contestant Johnny Keyser sang Sam Cooke's
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St. Louis contestant Johnny Keyser sang Sam Cooke's "Change Is Gonna Come," prompting judge Jennifer Lopez to say, "You know you're going to be a star, right?" (Feb. 2, 2012)

St. Louis contestant Rachelle Lamb performs with her
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St. Louis contestant Rachelle Lamb performs with her daughter, Madison, singing Faith Hill's "Find Somebody New" to get her ticket to Hollywood. (Feb. 2, 2012)

In Portland, contestant Brittany Zika performs Brandi Carlile's
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In Portland, contestant Brittany Zika performs Brandi Carlile's "The Story" in front of the judges on "American Idol," who will see her again in Hollywood. (Feb. 1, 2012)

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Portland contestant Ben Purdom performs in front of
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Portland contestant Ben Purdom performs in front of the judges on "American Idol." (Feb. 1, 2012)

Portland contestant Jermaine Jones sang Luther Vandross'
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Portland contestant Jermaine Jones sang Luther Vandross' "Superstar" in a deep voice, prompting the judges to laud his "natural gift." (Feb. 1, 2012)

Portland contestant Naomi Gillies performs Steven Tyler's own
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Portland contestant Naomi Gillies performs Steven Tyler's own hit, "Cryin'," wowing the judges. (Feb. 1, 2012)

Portland contestant Romeo Diahn, who grew up in
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Portland contestant Romeo Diahn, who grew up in a refugee camp, performs n "Is this Love?," getting some love from the judges in return. (Feb. 1, 2012)

Portland contestant David Weed sang a Rush song
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Portland contestant David Weed sang a Rush song that didn't impress the judges (neither did his shot at stand-up comedy). He left disappointed. (Feb. 1, 2012)

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Portland contestant Britnee Kellogg, a single mom who
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Portland contestant Britnee Kellogg, a single mom who talked about her two young boys, got a ticket to Hollywood. (Feb. 1, 2012)

Portland contestant Ben Harrison talked about how
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Portland contestant Ben Harrison talked about how "cute" he was, but that didn't seem to impress the judges. (Feb. 1, 2012)

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