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Page 2 of 2 -- "I sang in the car on the way over, but I don't know how warmed up I was," said Gavin, a 29-year-old programmer. "Hopefully, I didn't crack."

Expecting massive crowds, Ken DoRosario, a Newton music therapist and lead singer of the local funk-rock band Dr. Awkward, arrived outside the Massachusetts Avenue club around 6 a.m., and was the sixth in line.

"They were asking everyone to do at least one song, but they asked me to do two," said DoRosario, 29, after his audition. "I think that's a good sign, so we'll see how it goes. I'm a perfomer and I play in a band, but it's a different thing when it's just two guys and a camera, and they're taking notes while you're playing. And I usually play off a crowd, so there was nowhere to get that energy from. You just have to bring it yourself."

All the way from the Bronx, emergency room nurse Corina Brouder brought her harp as accompaniment for her rendition of U2's "With or Without You." She found out about the auditions from her sister, a Harvard student.

"I missed the auditions in New York, so I came up here," said Brouder, 26, whose single "Feel for You" reached the charts in Ireland, where she performed last year. "The harp is a little bizarro, I know, but I figured 'Why not?' since all the other girls would probably be playing keyboards."

Laura Paquette, a marketing assistant for a sporting goods manufacturer, had only her boombox to supply music for her rendition of what she called "an old standard" -- Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild."

"I love to sing, I love rock 'n' roll, and I love that this isn't just for young, impressionable kids," said Paquette, of Foxborough, who wore a "Xena: Warrior Princess" T-shirt and appeared comfortably past the cutoff age of 28 for "American Idol" participants. "This is for mature people who want to be treated with respect."

Some who tried out may get callbacks as soon as tomorrow, Jaffe said, but no final decisions will be made until April. Regardless of the outcome, Chalela, who's watched one of the classmates from his Detroit boyhood, Kid Rock, achieve multiplatinum success, was pleased with his audition, and a chance to grasp his lifelong dream.

"It went pretty good, but I have a suspicion that the people I saw who were the absolute best were asked to do a second song. It's my theory that if they don't ask you to do a second song, you're not in," said Chalela, who performed an original song. "But I'm happy I took my shot. I only did one [song], but at least I got to finish it, which was more than most." 

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