FOX's search for next 'Empire' artist stops in DC

The search for Empire's next star rolled into D.C. this week-- in the form of a gold bus with a recording studio inside. Singing hopefuls from around the area lined up for their chance at a "sing-on" spot on the hit FOX show, and even our own Tony Perkins gave it a shot.

Over the course of two days, hundreds of people lined up and waited-- some for hours-- for their chance to perform a song from the show. The Empire bus made stops at Howard University on Tuesday, and outside the Verizon Center in Chinatown on Wednesday. After the 15-city tour is over, one lucky winner will be featured as a new Empire artist during Season Two!

FOX 5's Allison Seymour, Shawn Yancy, Wisdom Martin and Tony Perkins spent some time meeting the singers who lined up to audition-- and Tony even decided to take a turn at the mic. The video is posted above-- but you'll be relieved to know, he's keeping his evening job instead.


From here, the Empire bus tour heads to New York and Boston. Miss the bus? Don't worry. You can audition online at

Empire Season Two premieres Wednesday, September 23 at 9 p.m. on FOX 5.