“The Vatican Idol”
By 10:30 a.m. yesterday, Theresa Ellsworth was in the hot seat.
That’s what people in the basement lobby of St. Matthew’s Cathedral were calling the chair right outside the audition room. All morning, Catholic after Catholic filed in — one every five minutes — for the chance to sing a few hymn verses, demonstrate vocal range, be thanked and then be sent home to await word. They were all hoping to have snagged one of the 250 spots in the choir that will sing at Pope Benedict XVI‘s Mass on April 17 at the new Nationals stadium.
With more than 550 people from local parish choirs signed up to audition, the vibe was far more intense than simply performing a Sunday morning song at church. It was more like “Vatican Idol.”