By Margaret Lyons
Updated June 15, 2009 at 12:45 PM EDT

Auditions for the ninth season of the megasensation American Idol began this weekend outside Boston. According to the Associated Press, over 7,000 would-be stars withstood long lines in lousy weather for their shot at stardom. Thousands more are expected to audition in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Orlando and Denver over the coming weeks.