While disappointed, Rohnert Park performer says she'll try again next summer

Carmina Salcido won't be the next "American Idol." She won't be following in the musical footsteps of Kelly Clarkson or Fantasia or Carrie Underwood or Jordin Sparks. At least not yet.

Carmina knew a few months ago what we all learned after the airing of "American Idol's" San Francisco auditions Wednesday night. Her "Idol" dream ended in a San Francisco hotel.

"Idol" producers decided not to air her story.

'American Idol' Auditions


"I was shocked, I thought I was gonna make it through" to the Hollywood round, Salcido said. "I was sure I was gonna get a golden ticket. I was disappointed. I felt like crying. But I hate showing emotion on the camera. Ryan (Seacrest, the show's host) looked disappointed for me. Inside I was holding back tears.

"But I know what to work on for next time, definitely. Projecting my voice."

She plans to re-enter the competition again next summer. The 24-year-old Rohnert Park resident still fits into the show's age restrictions, which top out at age 28.

Carmina had brought her voice and her well-documented back story to the initial "Idol" stage at AT&T Park in August. After a 15-hour day, during which she actually sang for maybe two minutes, she was exhausted but satisfied with her effort.

"We were in groups of four and I sat there from 7 a.m. until about 3:30 p.m., when we were finally called down to sing. But earlier my name was called out over the loudspeaker to go down to the field in front of the dugout. I didn't know what that was all about, but I was told I was gonna be interviewed by Ryan Seacrest. That lasted maybe 3-4 minutes and then we went back to our seats."

It all paid off a few hours later after Carmina sang "Ave Maria," and then, "White Flag" by Dido.

"We went down (to the field) in groups of four and I sang second. You sing and then you simply step back," Carmina explained. "The judges were show producers. They said, 'You are through (to the next round.)' They didn't know me, but they gave me a 10. It was cool because it was honest and they got me through cause they liked what they heard."

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