‘Glee’ Star Amber Riley On ‘Idol’ Rejection: ‘I Still Work On FOX And Get Paid’
First Published: September 30, 2009 8:50 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Getting rejected by the world’s biggest singing reality comeptition was good for Amber Riley, the “Glee” star said on “The Wendy Williams Show” on Wednesday.
“I auditioned for ‘American Idol’ at 17, they told me, ‘No.’” Amber told Wendy.
Amber further revealed she didn’t even have the chance to show her skills to then-judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul.
“I got to the producers,” she said of her audition experience. “I didn’t get to meet anybody.”
But the star, who now plays Mercedes Jones on the FOX freshman hit, said it all worked out in the end.
“You know what? I still work on FOX and I get paid!” Amber said. “Thank you, ‘American Idol!’”
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