Delawareans have a shot at auditioning for ‘American Idol’ on Wednesday, Sept. 6.
The show, which just crowned Iam Tonga as the series’ first winner from a Pacific Island, is seeking contestants for the its 22nd season, and the first step is a Zoom audition with producers.
To participate, hopefuls who will be 15 or older by Feb. 15, 2024 must sign up for a time slot from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
That may allow that producers want to see more of will be invited to sing face-to-face in front of producers via Zoom and receive real-time feedback for a chance at making Idol history.
The new season will begin taping in December, and for the fourth year, “Idol Across America,” will offer audition days for all 50 states plus Washington, D.C.
‘American Idol’ rules
Here’s more, from the show’s Frequently Asked Questions:
- Auditions are free.
- Registration does not guarantee you an audition. All information concerning registration and Virtual Audition locations, dates and times is tentative. There will be updated information for each audition date as the date nears.
- If you are younger than 18, you must have a parent or guardian present during your Zoom audition.
- If you are a Delaware resident, you aren’t restricted to signing up for a Delaware slot. You can sign up for any state.
- You may use Zoom on a phone, tablet, desktop or laptop.
- You may sing a cappella, with your own instrument or with one person in the room accompanying you.
- Those auditioning should be prepared to sing at least two songs, and maybe three. Those who are called back may be asked to sing two songs a cappella and the show will provide a list of possible choices.
- Those auditioning should wear clothes without logos, designer names, corporate or sports team names, copyrighted images, cartoon characters, celebrity names or images, profanity or inappropriate messages. Tattoos should follow the same rules.
- If you are chosen, an “Idol” producer will notify you via email or phone.
- You must not currently be a candidate for public office and must agree not to become a candidate for public office until one year after the initial exhibition of the final episode of the program in which you appear.
- Those who will be auditioning virtually will be sent a virtual audition link to access.
- All auditions are recorded and may be used in any manner, such as promoting ‘American Idol’ on the show website or social media.
- Those auditioning should leave the whole day open and free of other commitments to allow for time overruns and equipment/connection problems.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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