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.
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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