American Idol is about to come to a small town and computer screen near you. Producers have felt that it is time to give those you can’t afford to travel to a big city audition, the chance to finally audition for the show. Idol will embark on the ”American Idol Small Town Audition Bus Tour” — which will travel to 10 additional small towns.
Also, they have unveiled the “Nominate an Idol” program and online video auditions.
Read more after the jump.
The ”American Idol Small Town Audition Bus Tour” will travel to the following towns:
Idaho Falls, ID
Rock Rapids, IA
Iowa City, IA
Bowling Green, KY
Dodge City, KA
Grand Junction, CO
As far as the “Nominate and Idol” program, family and friends will be able to nominate someone they think could be the next American Idol by submitting via anonymous form an URL links. The video submitted must be a solo a cappella performance. If selected to move on, a film crew will surprise the lucky hopeful on location.
PLUS, online auditions will start on August 1 and run through August 14. You can check out americanidol.com for details.
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AMERICAN IDOL is expanding audition opportunities by providing aspiring superstars three additional ways to audition for the No. 1 show on television, including the “AMERICAN IDOL Small Town Audition Bus Tour,” the “Nominate An Idol” program and online auditions.
The series will leave no stone unturned in its quest for talent, and for the first time ever, will embark on the “AMERICAN IDOL Small Town Audition Bus Tour,” a 10-town nationwide mobile tour offering hopefuls a chance to audition for IDOL. The mobile audition bus will hit the road next month, giving thousands of hopefuls the chance of a lifetime. The “AMERICAN IDOL Small Town Audition Bus Tour” will stop at the following cities: Idaho Falls, ID; Billings, MT; Casper, WY; Rock Rapids, IA; Iowa City, IA; Bowling Green, KY; Clarksdale, MS; Joplin, MO; Dodge City, KA; and Grand Junction, CO. Specific locations and dates to be announced. Please keep checkingwww.americanidol.com for forms, rules and terms and conditions.
IDOL is also looking for talent who may not think of auditioning. The “Nominate An Idol” program is a new audition opportunity that lets family and friends nominate individuals who they think could be the next AMERICAN IDOL. Individuals can secretly nominate their friends or family by filling out an online form and submitting an existing video or URL of their “nominee”singing solo and a cappella. Chosen candidates will then be surprised on location by a film crew and given the chance to advance to the next round of auditions. Submissions and nominations must meet all eligibility requirements and be a surprise. If you are going to nominate someone, you must read and agree to the terms and conditions. Please keep checkingwww.americanidol.com for submission rules and terms and conditions.
Online auditions for Season 12 will be open from Wednesday, Aug. 1 throughTuesday, Aug. 14. Hopefuls will have the opportunity to audition by submitting an audition video online. Entrants should demonstrate their stellar singing ability by choosing one of the songs from the approved list and performing it a cappella. Videos are limited to one submission per person. Please keep checking www.americanidol.com for submission rules and terms and conditions.
All AMERICAN IDOL auditioners must be between the ages of 15-28 (on June 5, 2012), and a legal U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. resident who is eligible to work full-time in the United States.