How to Audition for ‘American Idol’

How to audition for American Idol

Do you want to know how to audition for American Idol? With casting picking up, it’s time to start working on next year’s audition process. If you have can sing and want the world to hear you, we’re here to help you get started.

Check out our guide for information about how to audition for the show, including eligibility requirements and what to do on the day of your audition. This is based on the 2021 audition information, but things may change.

How To Prepare For Your American Idol Audition

Before you do anything, make sure you meet American Idol’s eligibility requirements. You must be at least 15 years old. You must also be a legal U.S. resident. You can find more detailed eligibility requirements here.

Due to the pandemic, auditions have gone virtual with aspiring singers having the ability to start the audition process online.

What to do on the day of your American Idol audition

According to reports, you can pick up a wristband and seat ticket at the Check-In when you reach the audition location. The show also suggests signing the Personal Release form ahead of time. Before COVID, you were allowed to bring one person with you at the audition. If you’re under 18, your parent or guardian must sign a Personal Release and accompany you at all times.

Audition times range from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What to sing in your American Idol audition?

Once you get started, you can either sing a cappella or accompanied by an instrument. You may be asked to sing two to three songs, so make sure you have multiple options. If you receive a callback, you may be asked to sing a song off a producer’s list of options, and another song of your choice. It is important to note, you will have to go through multiple rounds of auditions before you get a chance to meet the judges and make the cut.

Advice

The show advises American Idol contestants not to wear clothing that features designer names, logos, or celebrity/cartoon images. If you have a tattoo, you may be asked to cover it.

The above is only the most basic information you need to know to audition. You can find further guidelines on the American Idol website, and by signing up to Project Casting to receive updates.

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