Updated: Friday, 11 May 2012, 9:53 AM EDT
Published : Friday, 11 May 2012, 9:52 AM EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Two days of rain couldn't keep the massive crowds away from showing up at the Dunkin' Donuts Center to audition for FOX's hit show, The X Factor.
More than 7,000 people from across the country came out for their shot at stardom.
After a long day of registration, auditions had finally arrived.
"What's exciting about today for us is, we don't really know what we're looking for. We're looking for the next big act," said Andrew Llinares, Executive Producer of The X Factor.
It wasn't just people who planned on auditioning that lined up in downtown Providence. Friends and family were there too.
"My best friend skipped school for this," said Joy Kozu.
Everyone was ready to impress the producers. The producers are ready to find big talent in a small state.
"We're looking for originality, we're looking for somebody who's going to come into our booth and wow us," said Rob Wade, Executive Produce of The X Factor.
Among the thousands who auditioned Thursday, Ryan Welch and Alex Shiranian from Cranston.
"I had never known any one who has auditioned for this before. i went in not knowing what to expect. It was crazy," said Alex Shiranian.
Ryan explained what it was like standing in front of the judges.
"When you walk in there are a ton of booths set up. You walk in, there's a producer sitting down, you sing youre verse and chorus of a song for them and then they give you just a quick yes or no."
Alex chose to sing "She Will be Loved" by Maroon 5.
"I definitely feel like I was given a good shot," he said.
While Alex and Ryan didn't make it to the next round, they're glad for the experience. Without hesitation, they both said they would "absolutely do it again."