Over 2,000 people sang their hearts out in Myrtle Beach Thursday in hopes of becoming the next American Idol.
Contestants faced three producers in groups of four before hearing their fate.
Senior Producer Brian Robinson said what he looks for is a voice he wants to hear time and time again, and someone who can rock the stage with confidence.
"Can I envision you being on that stage and singing for the judges singing for the vote?" said Robinson.
Robinson said another thing he and the other producers look for is for a contestant to overcome their nerves.
"The greatest singers in the world have nerves and they experience the same nervousness as everyone else but it has to be controlled and harnessed in a way and turned it into a good thing," Robinson said.
Joshua Sanders, 26, from North Carolina said nerves weren't a problem for him.
"Believe it or not. the closer to the audition I got, the more relaxed I became," he said.
In 2012 Robinson made the top 50 for Season 11. Thursday, he also made the cut and will move on to the next round.
"I just want to make mom proud, make dad proud, and be the older brother to my siblings and get things done. This is what I'm geared and built to do," said Sanders.
Murphy Lee, from Darlington, also gets to move on to the next round.
"Honestly I didn't think I'd make it, but I'm really excited that I did, and I'm ready to see where it will take me," Lee said.
Taylor Pipkin also auditioned. She's the daughter of Angie Pipkin who was found murdered in May.
Pipkin said she sang the same song in front of producers that she sang at her mother's funeral.
"Music is a passion of mine and I'm doing it to honor my mom," Pipkin said.
American Idol won't release how many contestants passed the first round. The next round will perform in front of judges. The time and location of that performance is also not being released.