One Week to Hit It Big: Will a Pop Star Be Made on 'Good Morning America'?

PHOTO: Can you pluck a teenage girl from a mall and make her an instant pop star? "Good Morning America" wants to find out.
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In today's viral universe, fame moves at the speed of light. First it was Justin Bieber, whose YouTube home videos showcasing his strong vocals catapulted the complete unknown into a global phenomenon overnight.

Thirteen-year-old Greyson Chance from Edmond, Okla., went from being an average sixth grader with an uncanny ability to play and sing Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" on the piano to a tween with a record deal after a video of him went viral.

While YouTube has proved to be a new route for young singers hoping to get discovered, cracking the code of instant celebrity is no easy task.

"Good Morning America" wondered if it's possible to find an everyday teenage girl and launch her to superstardom in just one week.

To find out, "GMA" went to the California-based Ark Music Factory, which masterminded the news-making sensation "Friday." Love the song or hate it, the music video "Friday," featuring 13-year-old Rebecca Black, has been viewed more than 167 million times on YouTube, and has spawned countless covers and parodies.

Through American Broadcasting Companies, "GMA" partnered with the record label to produce an original music video with viral potential to become the next big hit.

Watch the series "One Week to Hit It Big" all week as we take you from auditions, through dramatic final selections, the making of the song and live premiere of the music video on "Good Morning America."

Star Search: High-Octane Auditions

To find our star, Ark Music Factory founder Patrice Wilson held two flash auditions at Los Angeles malls, the Americana and the Grove, scouting among a crowd of excited teenage girls.

"I want a girl ... who is a normal person and has a normal life ... because when they actually make it people can say, 'Wow, my goodness she's like me!'" Wilson told "GMA" lifestyle anchor Lara Spencer.

WATCH: Web Only Clip: Inside Pop Star Auditions

Some singers arrived with a passion for music and big dreams of being the next superstar, and others just spotted the sign for a casting call in the mall and decided to give it a go.

Smack in the middle of a busy mall, teens and tweens fought off nerves to showcase their vocal talents, dance moves and bubbly personalities for Wilson.

For Wilson, the magic equation is a combination of vocal range, the right image, and most of all drive.

"You have to have the passion for music," he said. "That's the secret."

The Contenders

As the audition-packed weekend went on, four strong contenders stood out from the pack:

Linnea Sult, 14, of Glendale, Calif., told "GMA" she loved pop stars like Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus and Beyonce. Sult had tried to start her own band with friends.

"I really liked her because she just had that glamorous look," Wilson said.

Lexi St. George, 14 from Palmdale, Calif., auditioned and Wilson said she immediately struck him as a "girl next door" type.

"She sang the Cee Lo Green song ['Forget You'], she made it hers," he said.

Madeline Ralston, 14, of Palmdale, Calif., was another singer who impressed Wilson in auditions with her powerful vocals, singing Adele's soulful single "Rolling in the Deep."

Twelve-year-old Samantha Ramirez of Buena Park, Calif., also belted out the Cee Lo Green hit song "Forget You" and Wilson saw something in her.

"She just had a calmness about her, but you could tell she had a passion for what she did," Wilson said.

By the day's end Wilson faced the impossible task of narrowing it the pool of hopefuls down to just one.

"They all sounded great," he said. "It's going to be a tough decision to make."

In a few days time he would knock on her winning girl's door with the news and "GMA" would be there.

Watch all week on "Good Morning America" to find out which singer was selected, go inside the making of her song, and then the premiere of her music video.

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