SAN ANTONIO -- It's been nearly six years since the last time 'American Idol' was looking for the next singing sensation in San Antonio.

Hundreds of hopefuls had already secured a spot in line early Thursday morning while thousands more are expected to make their way to the Alamodome throughout the day Thursday for chance to showcase their singing voices.

Hopefuls from as far away as Colorado came all the way to the Alamo City to audition. Contestants from Corpus Christi, Dallas, Houston, New Braunfels and San Antonio were eager to warm up their voices while waiting in line.

I've been singing since I was a little girl -- dance recitals, everything, said McKenzie, of San Antonio. Always just busted out singing. Even at gymnastics competitions I'd sing the National Anthem.

For the KENS 5 cameras, however, she belted off to 'Oh! Darling.'

Emberlee, of New Braunfels, is a longtime 'Idol' fan.

I've always wanted to audition ever since episode one season one, she said. It's my dream.

San Antonio contestants will not get the opportunity to perform in front of judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson. Instead, they will be singing to show producers.

Ryan Seacrest, however, was on site, rallying throngs of contestants between shots outside the Alamodome.

Stick with KENS 5 and all day long for coverage of the 'American Idol' talent search in San Antonio.

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