‘American Idol’ Oakland auditions: Pop star hopefuls chase the dream: More than 2,000 crowd into Jack London Square, looking to impress the judges

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Bella Bromberg, 16, right, of San Rafael gets a hug from her mother Melinda after advancing to the next round of auditions for the new American Idol televison show on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. Thousands of people lined up in Jack London Square to audition for a new American Idol show. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)


 Bella Bromberg, a 16-year-old student at Marin Academy High School, actually did show up dressed as Wonder Woman (a Halloween costume from a few years ago). But she also brought along a remarkable voice. After performing two songs for an “Idol” producer — Etta James’  “I Just Want to Make Love to You,” and Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” — she received a pass to the next round and celebrated with her mom. For Bromberg, it was a clutch performance that came after a bit of duress.

“I got really, really sick last night and I was scared I wasn’t going to make it,” she said. “But I downed a ton of tea and just hoped for the best.”