American Idol to launch virtual auditions

American Idol to launch virtual auditions
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan attend the premiere event for "American Idol" hosted by ABC at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on February 12, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

American Idol isn’t exempt from the many businesses, productions and ventures that have been affected by the novel coronavirus. This year, the show will host its first virtual auditions in the midst of the pandemic.

Aspiring singers can audition from the comfort of their own homes, anywhere across the U.S. via the video conference platform Zoom.

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The auditions for the nineteenth season of the show, its fourth with the ABC network, will kick off Aug. 10 and go through Sept. 9. Candidates must be between the ages of 15 and 28.

In a press release, show officials said that the remote “Idol Across America” auditions “will give hopefuls the chance to showcase their talents from anywhere in America, across any official audition date and face-to-face with an ‘American Idol’ producer, staying true to its roots by providing aspiring Idols real-time feedback on their journey to being crowned the next American Idol.”

While an official schedule has been released, encouraging residents of each state to audition on specified dates, American Idol showrunners said candidates may audition on any audition day regardless of location.

Here’s the schedule so far, subject to change:

Aug. 10 - Delaware, Florida and Ohio

Aug. 12 - Louisiana, Missouri and Wisconsin

Aug. 14 - Arizona, Oregon and Washington

Aug. 16 - Georgia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Rhode Island

Aug. 17 - Open Call Auditions

Aug. 18 - Alabama, Arkansas and Kansas

Aug. 20 - Idaho, New Mexico and Utah

Aug. 22 - Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas

Aug. 24 - Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia

Aug. 25 - Open Call Auditions

Aug. 26 - Iowa, Mississippi and Oklahoma

Aug. 28 - Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota

Aug. 30 - Connecticut, New Jersey and New York

Sep. 1 - Colorado, Montana, Nevada and Wyoming

Sep. 3 - Maine, South Carolina and West Virginia

Sep. 5 - Alaska, California and Hawaii

Sep. 7 - Kentucky, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania

Sep. 9 - Massachusetts, North Carolina and Vermont

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