Season 10 of “American Idol” will begin its road show to audition contestants next month. The first stop will be Saturday, July 17th in Nashville.
This will be the first season without Simon Cowell as a judge. His replacement has not yet been named, but the producers could deliberately keep that a secret until much closer to the debut of Season 10 on Fox and let the other judges – Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres – handle the auditioning.
One change this go-around is that the eligibility age for contestants has been lowered by one year to 15, so hopefuls age 15 to 28 may audition for the show.
“A lot of young, talented people are now seeking careers and representation before they turn 16. Lowering the age limit allows us to tap into this talent pool,” said Cecile Frot-Coutaz, executive producer of American Idol.
Here is the schedule for American Idol auditions:
Nashville, TN, Saturday, July 17, Bridgestone Arena
Milwaukee, WI, Wednesday, July 21, Bradley Center
New Orleans, LA, Monday, July 26, venue TBA
East Rutherford, NJ, Tuesday, August 3, IZOD Center
Austin, TX, Wednesday, August 11, Frank Erwin Center
San Francisco, CA, Thursday, August 19, AT&T Park
American Idol is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America; and Ken Warwick, executive producer, FremantleMedia North America.