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  • Sierra Parker, a 16-year-old from Lebanon, said she hopes to “get a shot at becoming the next American Idol.”
Occupation: High school junior 
Audition song: “Wonder” by Natalie Merchant 
Favorite Idol: Carrie Underwood (Season 4)
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    Sierra Parker, a 16-year-old from Lebanon, said she hopes to “get a shot at becoming the next American Idol.” Occupation: High school junior Audition song: “Wonder” by Natalie Merchant Favorite Idol: Carrie Underwood (Season 4)

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  • Anthony Ferrara, a 17-year-old from North Conway, New Hampshire, said he was supossed to audition last year but his car broke down, so he is happy to get a second chance. 
Occupation: High school senior
Audition song: “Pompeii” by Bastille
Favorite Idol: Kelly Clarkson (Season 1)
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    Anthony Ferrara, a 17-year-old from North Conway, New Hampshire, said he was supposed to audition last year but his car broke down, so he is happy to get a second chance. Occupation: High school senior Audition song: “Pompeii” by Bastille Favorite Idol: Kelly Clarkson (Season 1)

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  • Malini Husesman, a 26-year-old single mother from Brunswick, said auditioning is a once in a lifetime opprotunity. 
Occupation: Medical assistant
Audition song: “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus
Favorite Idol: Clay Aiken (Season 2)
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    Malini Husesman, a 26-year-old single mother from Brunswick, said auditioning is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Occupation: Medical assistant Audition song: “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus Favorite Idol: Clay Aiken (Season 2)

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  • Sam Faherty, a 16-year-old from Pembroke, Massachusetts, said it is her dream to be a singer and could not think of a reason not to audition. 
Occupation: High school student
Audition song: “Leave Your Lover” by Sam Smith
Favorite Idol: Angie Miller (Season 12)
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    Sam Faherty, a 16-year-old from Pembroke, Massachusetts, said it is her dream to be a singer and could not think of a reason not to audition. Occupation: High school student Audition song: “Leave Your Lover” by Sam Smith Favorite Idol: Angie Miller (Season 12)

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  • Maggie McGovern, a 17-year-old from Windham, said she has always had musical talent and decided to audition last night at the urging of her father, who is a music teacher. 
Occupation: High school student
Audition song: “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles
Favorite Idol: Kelly Clarkson (Season 1)
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    Maggie McGovern, a 17-year-old from Windham, said she has always had musical talent and decided to audition last night at the urging of her father, who is a music teacher. Occupation: High school student Audition song: “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles Favorite Idol: Kelly Clarkson (Season 1)

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  • Sheena Greaves, a 19-year-old from Falmouth, said that Disney movies introduced her to signing and she auditioned “for the heck of it.” 
Occupation: Recent high school graduate 
Audition song: “Mercy” by Duffy
Favorite Idol: Carrie Underwood (Season 4)
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    Sheena Greaves, a 19-year-old from Falmouth, said that Disney movies introduced her to signing and she auditioned “for the heck of it.” Occupation: Recent high school graduate Audition song: “Mercy” by Duffy Favorite Idol: Carrie Underwood (Season 4)

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  • Adrianna Twitchell, a 16-year-old from Oxford Hills, said she wants to give it a shot since “people don’t come here (to Maine) very often.” 
Occupation: High school student
Audition song: “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane
Favorite Idol: Kelly Clarkson (Season 1)
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    Adrianna Twitchell, a 16-year-old from Oxford Hills, said she wants to give it a shot since “people don’t come here (to Maine) very often.” Occupation: High school student Audition song: “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane Favorite Idol: Kelly Clarkson (Season 1)

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  • Lexi Nicol, a 16-year-old from Madbury, New Hampshire, started singing before she could talk. “It was just noises,” she said.
Occupation: High school student
Audition song: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen
Favorite Idol: Doesn’t have one
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    Lexi Nicol, a 16-year-old from Madbury, New Hampshire, started singing before she could talk. “It was just noises,” she said. Occupation: High school student Audition song: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen Favorite Idol: Doesn’t have one

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  • Rob Beaulieu, a 22-year-old from Atkinson, New Hampshire, said he skipped work to come to Portland and audition.
Occupation: Laser technician at a steel metal company
Audition song: Original song 
Favorite Idol: Chris Daughtry (Season 5)
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    Rob Beaulieu, a 22-year-old from Atkinson, New Hampshire, said he skipped work to come to Portland and audition. Occupation: Laser technician at a steel metal company Audition song: Original song Favorite Idol: Chris Daughtry (Season 5)

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  • Ben Cooper, an 18-year-old from Hollis, New Hampshire, learned how to play the drums and piano when he was young and wanted to give American Idol “a shot.” 
Occupation: Recent high school graduate and factory worker
Audition song: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen
Favorite Idol: Caleb Johnson (Season 13)
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    Ben Cooper, an 18-year-old from Hollis, New Hampshire, learned how to play the drums and piano when he was young and wanted to give American Idol “a shot.” Occupation: Recent high school graduate and factory worker Audition song: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen Favorite Idol: Caleb Johnson (Season 13)

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  • Caroline Carter, a 16-year-old from Dover, New Hampshire, has Type 1 Diabetes and said she loves singing to kids to show them that music can “change lives.” 
Occupation: High school junior
Audition song: “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
Favorite Idol: Kellie Pickler (Season 4)
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    Caroline Carter, a 16-year-old from Dover, New Hampshire, has Type 1 Diabetes and said she loves singing to kids to show them that music can “change lives.” Occupation: High school junior Audition song: “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen Favorite Idol: Kellie Pickler (Season 4)

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  • Delaney Whitley, a 17-year-old from Conway, New Hampshire, said her mom “pushed” her to compete in a talent show in 3rd grade and has been singing ever since. 
Occupation: Recent high school graduate and future pastry student at Johnson & Wales
Audition song: “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding
Favorite Idol: Casey Abrams (Season 10)
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    Delaney Whitley, a 17-year-old from Conway, New Hampshire, said her mom “pushed” her to compete in a talent show in third grade and has been singing ever since. Occupation: Recent high school graduate and future pastry student at Johnson & Wales Audition song: “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding Favorite Idol: Casey Abrams (Season 10)

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  • Lisa Tripp, a 25-year-old from Saco, said she wanted to take a chance and show her two children that “you can do whatever you want to do.”
Occupation: Resturant cashier and bartender
Audition song: “Moondance” by Van Morrison
Favorite Idol: Kelly Clarkson (Season 1)
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    Lisa Tripp, a 25-year-old from Saco, said she wanted to take a chance and show her two children that “you can do whatever you want to do.” Occupation: Restaurant cashier and bartender Audition song: “Moondance” by Van Morrison Favorite Idol: Kelly Clarkson (Season 1)

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  • Cortney Baker, a 28-year-old from Sanford, said she started singing two years ago after encouragement from friends.
Occupation: Bartender and medical assistance
Audition song: “Mercedes Benz” by Janis Joplin
Favorite idol: Philip Philips (Season 11)
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    Cortney Baker, a 28-year-old from Sanford, said she started singing two years ago after encouragement from friends. Occupation: Bartender and medical assistance Audition song: “Mercedes Benz” by Janis Joplin Favorite idol: Philip Philips (Season 11)

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  • Sarah Scully, a 20-year-old from Sanford, has never had a voice lesson and said she always wanted to try out for American Idol to “prove you don’t need voice lessons to be good.”
Occupation: University of Southern Maine student
Audition song: “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke
Favorite Idol: Diana DeGarmo (Season 3)
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    Sarah Scully, a 20-year-old from Sanford, has never had a voice lesson and said she always wanted to try out for American Idol to “prove you don’t need voice lessons to be good.” Occupation: University of Southern Maine student Audition song: “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke Favorite Idol: Diana DeGarmo (Season 3)

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  • Mackenzie Clendenin,a 16-year-old from Clinton, Massachusetts, said she wants “other people to know what I can do instead of just singing in my room.”
Occupation: High school junior
Audition song: “Momma Knows Best” by Jessie J
Favorite Idol: Philip Philips (Season 11)
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    Mackenzie Clendenin, a 16-year-old from Clinton, Massachusetts, said she wants “other people to know what I can do instead of just singing in my room.” Occupation: High school junior Audition song: “Momma Knows Best” by Jessie J Favorite Idol: Philip Philips (Season 11)

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  • Ochan Ogak, a 15-year-old from Portland who immigrated from South Sudan, said he practices by singing Beyonce songs, “but my family gets annoyed with me because I sing really loud.” 
Occupation: High school student
Audition song: “Classic” by MKTO or “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers
Favorite Idol: Doesn’t have one
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    Ochan Ogak, a 15-year-old from Portland who immigrated from South Sudan, said he practices by singing Beyonce songs, “but my family gets annoyed with me because I sing really loud.” Occupation: High school student Audition song: “Classic” by MKTO or “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers Favorite Idol: Doesn’t have one

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  • Dremessa Dinardo, a 26-year-old from Somersworth, New Hampshire, has always wanted to be famous. “Even if I don’t make it, I just want to get my name out there,” she said.
Occupation: Vocalist in a band 
Audition song: “Someone Like You” by Adele
Favorite Idol: Kelly Clarkson (Season 1)
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    Dremessa Dinardo, a 26-year-old from Somersworth, New Hampshire, has always wanted to be famous. “Even if I don’t make it, I just want to get my name out there,” she said. Occupation: Vocalist in a band Audition song: “Someone Like You” by Adele Favorite Idol: Kelly Clarkson (Season 1)

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