Interesting that they are dropping the minimum age to compete. An attempt to get a younger audience as well as a younger talent pool? And how will that affect the voting? Anyway, from Fox:
Once again, aspiring singers will have the incredible opportunity to audition in cities across the country to become the next AMERICAN IDOL as the No. 1 show on television begins auditions for its milestone 10th season on Saturday, July 17 in Nashville, TN. The search for the next singing superstar will continue in Milwaukee, WI, on Wednesday, July 21; New Orleans, LA, on Monday, July 26; East Rutherford, NJ, on Tuesday, Aug. 3; Austin, TX, on Wednesday, Aug. 11; and San Francisco, CA, on Thursday, Aug. 19.
In celebration of the momentous 10th anniversary and in an effort to continue to find the best undiscovered talent in the nation, AMERICAN IDOL is expanding the eligibility age range for the first time ever to include hopefuls from 15 to 28 years old. (The previous minimum age requirement was 16.)
“A lot of young, talented people are now seeking careers and representation before they turn 16,” said Cecile Frot-Coutaz, executive producer of AMERICAN IDOL. “Lowering the age limit allows us to tap into this talent pool.”
More info after the jump.
AMERICAN IDOL auditions will be held as follows:
Nashville, TN Saturday, July 17 Bridgestone Arena
Milwaukee, WI Wednesday, July 21
New Orleans, LA Monday, July 26
East Rutherford, NJ Tuesday, Aug. 3 IZOD Center
Austin, TX Wednesday, Aug. 11
Frank Erwin Center
San Francisco, CA Thursday, Aug. 19
Full details regarding the Nashville auditions are below. Specific information on the subsequent auditions will be announced shortly.
Nashville AMERICAN IDOL Audition Information
WHO: Men and women 15-28 years old as of July 17, 2010, who are eligible to work in the U.S. Some restrictions apply – please visit americanidol.com for specific information.
WHEN: Saturday, July 17, 2010
WHERE: Bridgestone Arena
HOW: Wristbands will be distributed from approximately 7:00 AM on Thursday, July 15 until approximately 8:00 AM on Saturday, July 17. Auditioners will not be permitted to camp out. Once auditioners obtain their wristbands, they will be asked to return to Bridgestone Arena by 5:00 AM on Saturday, July 17.