Jangela: Yeah. I didn't stick around once I found out because I was so tired. I hadn't started packing. So I had been up all night long and had maybe four hours of sleep. It was such a slow, slow process. In between every time they went up there was something wrong with production where they had to reshoot the girls auditioning all over again.
Pamie: Did that change the outcome of the audition?
Jangela: No, most times when they restarted they had already decided and announced. But something happened to the tape or someone forgot to press "record" or something happened or they'd redo it. Most of the times when they stopped and restarted production was when people said their names. The producer came out and apologized to all the girls.
Pamie: Most of the time, were all the girls in the initial group of five cut?
Jangela: Actually, in Atlanta, in almost every group at least one girl got picked.
Pamie: What do you wish they had shown that they didn't?
Jangela: On the dance auditions, Travis didn't come up in front of us for long periods of time like he did with the other girls. He came up and showed us one move and said, "I want you to do this," and we did it and that was pretty much it. He had us walk forward towards the camera and then walk away and that's it.
Pamie: Have you kept in touch with any of the others?
Jangela: Before we found out who the twenty-six were, I kept in touch with Shaunda Johnston. She's from St. Louis. There was an unconfirmed rumor that she had a record deal going into the auditions with someone else, which may have been why she's in Atlanta. Shaunda, they kind of show her as being this egomaniac, because she's confident of what she's got, but she's the first girl who if you had a problem or needed help at the auditions for a dance move or getting a certain pitch, she would have been the first girl there to help you out. After the auditions were over she was in tears. That second day, by the time we got to the third cuts or whatever, we didn't have anything to do but sit down, talk, sleep, sing, whatever, and get to know each other. And she was pretty overwhelmed by that because she's used to being by herself, so she was upset to see everything end. That's why it was so great that she got to go to L.A., so everything didn't end for her just yet.
My friend Sunday became famous at the Atlanta auditions. She is nuts and anyone that auditioned in Atlanta knows how she is.