American Idol Hits the Road

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(ABC) Exactly 15 years ago, “American Idol” hit TV screens for the first time, forever changing the landscape of reality competition programming.

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 today the start of auditions for the new season of the show, which will be broadcast from its new home on ABC.

The nationwide search for the next superstar kicks off on Thursday, August 17th, as the Idol Bus jumps into gear across America.

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 the American Idol website, here. “Idol” hopefuls can also show off their talent via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or using the hashtag #TheNextIdol.

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

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
Boston, MA- Sept. 8

Open Audition Cities

Chicago, IL- Sept. 11
New Orleans- Sept. 14

West Bus Tour

Portland, Oregon- Aug. 17
Oakland, California- Aug. 20
Provo, Utah- Aug. 23
Denver, Colorado- Aug. 26
Omaha, Nebraska- Aug. 29
Tulsa, Oklahoma- Sept. 1
Shreveport, Louisiana- Sept. 4
Muscle Shoals, Alabama- Sept. 7

You must also be at least 15 years old to audition. See here for more details on specific audition locations, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, terms and conditions.

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