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  • Tom Emerson, 26, of Wells, celebrates after he made the first cut at auditions at the "American Idol" bus on the Maine State Pier in Portland on Wednesday.
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    Tom Emerson, 26, of Wells, celebrates after he made the first cut at auditions at the

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  • Fans cheer as they wait in line to tryout for American Idol at the Maine State Pier.
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    Fans cheer as they wait in line to tryout for American Idol at the Maine State Pier.

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  • Adam Laverdiere, 19, of Waterville, has a seat as he waits in line to audition for American Idol at the Maine State Pier.
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    Adam Laverdiere, 19, of Waterville, has a seat as he waits in line to audition for American Idol at the Maine State Pier.

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  • Ben Cooper, 18, of Hollis, N.H., at left, waits in line with Andrew White, 17, of Waite, while he plays guitar, as they two wait to audition for American Idol.
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    Ben Cooper, 18, of Hollis, N.H., at left, waits in line with Andrew White, 17, of Waite, while he plays guitar, as they two wait to audition for American Idol.

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  • Abigail Day, 17, of Cornish, reads a book while waiting to audition for "American Idol" at the Maine State Pier on Wednesday. Day, who planned to sing "I See Fire" by Ed Sheeran, was in line at 2 a.m.
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    Abigail Day, 17, of Cornish, reads a book while waiting to audition for

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  • Abigail Day, 17, of Cornish, looks back toward her mother after auditioning for "American Idol" on the Maine State Pier in Portland on Wednesday.
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    Abigail Day, 17, of Cornish, looks back toward her mother after auditioning for

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  • Brian Robinson, a senior producer with "American Idol," and Nancy Yearing of 19 Entertainment, converse behind clipboards and notepads as they talk about whether or not a person who auditioned for the show made the first cut at the Maine State Pier on Wednesday.
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  • Abigail Day, 17, of Cornish, left, Jaile Kane, 25, of Ellsworth, and Miranda Mastera, 16, of Hiram, embrace after the trio auditioned but didn't make the cut for "American Idol" on the Maine State Pier in Portland on Wednesday.
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    Abigail Day, 17, of Cornish, left, Jaile Kane, 25, of Ellsworth, and Miranda Mastera, 16, of Hiram, embrace after the trio auditioned but didn't make the cut for

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  • Contestants wait in line on the Maine State Pier in Portland to audition for American Idol on Wednesday.
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    Contestants wait in line on the Maine State Pier in Portland to audition for American Idol on Wednesday.

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  • Matte Cardelli, 28, of New Auburn, uses her phone to look up song lyrics and she and her friend, Danielle Doucette, 23, of Berwick, at right, wait in line to audition for American Idol.
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    Matte Cardelli, 28, of New Auburn, uses her phone to look up song lyrics and she and her friend, Danielle Doucette, 23, of Berwick, at right, wait in line to audition for American Idol.

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  • Marina Campbell of Wappinger, N.Y. catches a quick nap while waiting in line with her friend, Molly Powell, at right, of Boston, to try out for American Idol at the Maine State Pier Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Powell was going to sing At Last, by Etta James, while Campbell was there to provide moral support.
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    Marina Campbell of Wappinger, N.Y. catches a quick nap while waiting in line with her friend, Molly Powell, at right, of Boston, to try out for American Idol at the Maine State Pier Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Powell was going to sing At Last, by Etta James, while Campbell was there to provide moral support.

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