Student worker Sadie Korte auditions for American Idol


Newman junior Sadie Korte has always carried a passion for music. She and her twin sister started performing, singing together during high school talent shows.

Her musical talent includes piano, guitar and voice. From singing with her sister at shows to joining a band as lead singer, Korte has pursued many avenues with her talent.

She recently decided to grab at the opportunity of auditioning for American Idol while the crew were in Wichita, Kansas. She didn’t make it past the first round of auditions, but she said that won’t stop her from doing it again.

She explained what the overall experience was like, and expressed her thoughts and feelings on the importance of music.

Q: Why are you passionate about music?

I am passionate about music because it has always been there for me. It also gave me a voice. I have always been introverted, shy, quiet — but when I would sing I could be heard and I became confident. 

Q: What made you decide to audition for American Idol?

I have always imagined myself trying out for American Idol from the very first time I watched the show. When they announced that they would be stopping in Wichita, I was encouraged by my family, friends and fans to try out. I had nothing to lose and a lot to gain if I went through with it so why the heck not?

Q: What did you do to prepare?

My experience with performing in front of judges in other situations helped me prepare for the audition. I kind of knew what to expect, which helped a lot. 

Q: What was the audition like?

It was a lot of standing and waiting. The crew of American Idol was pretty secretive — they didn’t give us a lot of details going in. I had to just go with the flow. While we waited in line, contestants were singing together, KAKE News was there videotaping everyone; it was pretty exciting. Singing a foot away from the judge was nerve-wracking, but even the contestants around me were super supportive. 

Q: What did you gain from the experience?

A lot more confidence and knowledge in trying out in a professional setting. And it was a great experience. I will definitely audition again in the future.



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