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'American Idol': Estero teen Casey Bishop is ready to rock out on her TV audition

Charles Runnells
Fort Myers News-Press
Estero teen Casey Bishop auditions for the judges on "American Idol."

Casey Bishop felt cool and confident when she walked onstage to audition on “American Idol.”

At first, anyway.

But then she saw the judges: Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie — all sitting there, waiting for her to sing.

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Her confidence quickly melted away, she admits.

“As soon as I walked in, they were literally, like, gods,” says Bishop, 16, of Estero. “I don’t even know. It was like I had an out-of-body experience.”

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Somehow, she powered through the audition and sang her two songs: Mötley Crüe’s “Live Wire” and the jazz standard “My Funny Valentine.”

“I was just like, go, go, go!” Bishop says. “And I just pushed through it. I can’t really remember it, because of my adrenaline.”

She’ll get a reminder when her audition airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on the TV singing competition. The episode was filmed in November in California.

Casey Bishop is a sophomore at The Center for the Arts at Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers. She was 15 when she auditioned on “American Idol” in November. She turned 16 in February.

Bishop — a sophomore at The Center for the Arts at Cypress Lake High School — can’t say how she did during her "American Idol" audition. It’s against show rules.

But she did say this: Performing on the show meant a lot to her. She’s an aspiring rock ‘n’ roll singer who, until now, has only performed with her school chorus and at school talent shows.

“That’s what I’ve always wanted to do and had my eyes on and my mind on: Just singing and making music and singing on the stage, rocking out,” she says. “I just really want to be on the stage. I love it. I didn’t know I could love it that much.”

Bishop sings, plays guitar and adores rock acts such as Mötley Crüe, The Pretty Reckless and '90s grunge bands. “I love rock so much,” she says.

She was 15 when she auditioned on “Idol” in November. She turned 16 earlier this month.

She landed on the show after taking part in virtual auditions last year. “I just auditioned for some producers on my mom’s iPad, and it went great,” she says. “Here I am (laughs).”

Estero's Casey Bishop on the "American Idol" set for Sunday's auditions episode.

Bishop admits she got a little starstruck when she met the show’s judges. Especially Perry.

 “It was everything,” she says. “I wanted to BE her when I was 6 and 7. ‘California Gurls’ was it (laughs).”

The other judges were awe-inspiring, too. “It was so crazy," she says. "They’re all just legends. And they were so nice.”

Auditions started Feb. 14 on “American Idol” and continue through March 14. The show airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on ABC.

Learn more at abc.com/shows/american-idol.

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