West Edmonton Mall packed



Marc Bence/for metro edmonton


Mitch Picard, 19, holds his blue pass yesterday after a successful audition, allowing him to advance to the next stage of Canadian Idol.

They’ve got high hopes, but those who were hand-picked to sing in front of a panel of judges yesterday during auditions for the sixth season of Canadian Idol say they will be nervous when tomorrow comes.

Close to 1,600 people from all over the Prairies lined up at West Edmonton Mall this weekend in order to get a chance to sing in Toronto for the top-100 round.

Some lined up as early as 4 a.m. on both days. However, they first needed a blue ticket from a judge based on their stage presence during the weekend auditions.

After getting the blue tickets, lucky singers will have a chance to woo Sass Jordan and company tomorrow at an undisclosed location for the coveted trip to Toronto.

“It’s more pressure and I am already getting a little nervous,” said Mitch Picard, who earned his blue ticket yesterday after singing four songs in front of a judge.

Picard, 19, made the trip from Calgary for the auditions. However, this is the second time he’s qualified to sing in front of the celebrity judges.

Those who missed the Idol tryouts in Edmonton will get another chance this weekend at Calgary’s Sunridge Mall.