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American Idol Lowers Age Requirement, Announces Audition Dates

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A new judge won’t be the only thing viewers see next year. Younger faces will also come included in Season 10’s package.

When auditions start up in three weeks, singers not even old enough to drive will be dropped off by their parents. That’s right - the contest will now be open to 15-year-olds. (Previous wannabes had to be at least 16 years of age.)

“A lot of young, talented people are now seeking careers and representation before they turn 16,” Idol‘s executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz explained about the rule change. “Lowering the age limit allows us to tap into this talent pool.”

Think you can become the new ? Then check out the audition calendar after the jump.

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  • July 17 - Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena)
  • July 21 - Milwaukee, WI (Bradley Center)
  • July 26 - New Orleans, LA (TBA)
  • Aug. 3 - East Rutherford, NJ (IZOD Center)
  • Aug. 11 - Austin, TX (Frank Erwin Center)
  • Aug. 19 - San Francisco, CA (AT&T Park)

You can get more details about the audition process here.

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