Utah ‘Idol’ contestants open up as season 13 comes to an end

Posted at 10:04 PM, May 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-22 00:04:51-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- It’s been another successful season of American Idol, and Utah had a good showing of contestants on the show.

Park City’s Austin Wolfe and Draper’s Kenzie Hall have been home for months and back into the swing of things without the big stage and bright lights of American Idol.

“I made it to top 30, and that’s where I was supposed to go but you know there are definitely times when I watch and I’m like, ‘Dang that looks so much fun,’” Kenzie said.

“I’m still getting comments from people that tweet me and be like, ‘I wish you were still on American Idol’ and it’s really cool to see that people still care about what I have to say even though I’m not on the show anymore,” Austin said.

Both said Idol has helped them to launch their music careers.

“I’m actually doing a lot of concerts this summer, a lot of nonprofit events, and we’re going to be in the studio a lot this summer cranking out an album, some cover songs, some new videos too,” Austin said.

Kenzie said it led to new experiences for her.

“It opened a lot of doors for me and it opened a lot of new people to see me I guess and to see my music and it’s awesome,” she said.

So, will they audition again?

Kenzie said: “At this point I’m going to say, ‘Never say never.’ I might. I have no idea yet.”

Austin is also undecided, “I’ve been thinking about auditioning again, I keep going back and forth and I’m really considering it but we’ll have to see what happens.”

Both girls tell FOX 13 News that next season’s Idol auditions are scheduled for the fall, with the closest audition to Salt Lake City being San Francisco.