On Tuesday, my mom and sister got up at 3 a.m. so that my sister could register to try out for American Idol tomorrow. They are quite excited. What we hear from folks who have tried out before is that your chance of making it depends less on how well you sing (my sister is an amazing singer) and more on your look/personality. We've advised her to play up her diabetes sob story -- show the producers her insulin pump and talk about going into insulin shock. That's good TV!
My mom sent me this story about the registration process today.