Knowing how to sign up for American Idol will do you little good if you cannot be physically present at the sign-up location. American Idol holds open auditions on a first-come, first-served basis. You must be physically present at the audition sign-up location during the specified dates to have a chance of getting an audition spot. In other words, if you think you could be the next Carrie Underwood or Kris Allen, you'd better be ready to show up and show off.
You must be a US citizen and between 16 to 28 years old to be eligible to audition for American Idol. Anyone with a current talent or recording management agreement is automatically ineligible to audition for, or compete on, the show.
To be granted an initial audition spot on American Idol, you must have a printed, filled out and signed copy of the release form from the official site. Audition applicants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian and have a filled out release form and guardian release form. Exact rules and release forms required to audition for American Idol may change from city to city and season to season.
You need two forms of identification to sign up for American Idol auditions. The first identification, a photo ID, is to prove who you are. The second identification needs to be a birth certificate or some proof of citizenship or permanent residency to prove you're a legal citizen or resident of the US. You must provide these identifications at both the initial audition sign-up and the actual audition.
Audition Sign Up
American Idol holds its initial auditions in a handful of major cities across the US. Sign up dates for audition spots are announced by the official show site and usually start two or three days before the announced audition date. Thousands of people flock to these auditions, and spots are handed out to the first eligible people in line. These people receive wristbands to guarantee a spot during the actual audition.
People who have obtained wristbands during the sign up phase come back on the audition date to get their chance at American Idol stardom. Initial American Idol auditions are only a few seconds long and usually held in small groups. If selected, a second, solo, audition is required. From the thousands of hopeful contestants across the country, only a few hundred are selected by the show's producers.
The few hundred people chosen to advance to the next round of American Idol auditions are narrowed to 24 contestants during the longer Hollywood auditions. These auditions are held in front of the show judges until 12 male and 12 female contestants are chosen for the semi-finals. The group is reduced to 12 for the finals and keeps shrinking until only the winner and the runner-up are left.
From Kelly Clarkson to Jennifer Hudson, a list of American Idol winners and losers feature names that have topped Billboard charts and Broadway marquees. Even the Academy has honored an Idol alum.
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