Haeley Vaughn is sad that after 14 years, American Idol is preparing for its 15th - and final - season.
"It's kind of an era coming to an end," Vaughn said. "It was not just a TV show, it was an event - from the auditions to the finale."
She should know. Six years ago, Vaughn, then a 16-year-old junior at Poudre High School in Fort Collins, was one of those starry-eyed hopefuls rising at 2 a.m. in order to get in line for her shot at making her dreams come true.
Colorado, which has held auditions for the show for at least half of its run, has had its fair share of residents receive a golden ticket. For some, it gave them the incentive to pursue their dream. For others, it was a lesson that Hollywood wasn't for them.