Amber Riley: Failed American Idol?

Celebrity Q&A, Featured Article, People
on August 23, 2012

Is it true that Glee star Amber Riley auditioned for American Idol and was turned down by the judges?
—April Freeman, Tallahassee, Fla.

Riley, who plays Mercedes Jones on the hit Fox-TV series, auditioned for American Idol in its second season, was turned down in the audition process long before making it to the judges. “When they told me no, my world crumbled,” she says. But the Los Angeles native, 26, rebounded, landing her role on Glee, and even though her character graduated high school at the end of last season, she recently confirmed that she—and her fan-favorite voice—will be back for the show’s new season.