Are You The Next American Idol? ABC Announces Audition Dates

Exactly fifteen years ago, American Idol hit TV screens for the first time, forever changing the landscape of reality competition programming.

American Idol Tour Bus

In celebration of the franchise’s anniversary, which also marks the birth year of this season’s youngest eligible contestant, the producers of “American Idol” announced the start of auditions for the new season of the show, which will be broadcast from its new home on ABC.

The nationwide search kicks off on Thursday, August 17, as the Idol Bus jumps into gear across America, offering hopefuls the chance to audition for a shot at stardom.

From Portland, Oregon, to Orlando, Florida, “American Idol” will search every corner of the nation in its pursuit for talent. Auditioning has never been easier, with the series also taking to the internet, offering hopefuls the opportunity to submit audition videos online at or by showing off their talent via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or using the hashtag #TheNextIdol. 

“American Idol” auditions will be held as follows (subject to change): 

West Bus Tour                                                         
Portland, OR – Aug 17                                             

Oakland, CA – Aug 20                                             

Provo, UT – Aug 23                                                  

Denver, CO – Aug 26                                              

Omaha, NE – Aug 29                                             

Tulsa, OK – Sept 1                                                   

Shreveport, LA – Sept 4                                        

Muscle Shoals, AL – Sept 7                                   

Boston, MA – Sept 8              

East Bus Tour
Orlando, FL – Aug 17

Miami, FL – Aug 19

Atlanta, GA – Aug 22

Charleston, SC – Aug 25

Asheville, NC – Aug 27

Louisville, KY – Aug 30

Pittsburgh, PA – Sept 3        

Annapolis, MD – Sept 5

Open Audition Cities                                

Chicago, IL – Sept 11                                                

New Orleans, LA – Sept 14                                                   

You must be at least 15 years old to audition.

Please visit for more details on specific audition locations, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, terms and conditions.

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