Season 10 will be a big one for FOX’s American Idol. With a new judge on board (in case you haven’t heard, Simon Cowell is leaving), the show will face some major changes. But with Simon Cowell gone, will the show really go on?
Well, if you’re a teen singer looking to break into the business it certainly will. According to a blog on RyanSeacrest.com, for the 10th season of the show, American Idol has bumped the age range requirement back a year- to age 15. That means you can potentially become an Idol well before your sweet 16 birthday! This will likely appeal to all the tween texters who love to cast votes on the popular singing show.
Of course, if you don’t make your Idol dreams come true by the time you’re 28 years old you’re out of luck, as 28 is still the maximum age for the show. Does it make sense for Idol to bump back the age requirements a year but keep the max at 28?
During a recent chat with talk show host Oprah Winfrey on The Oprah Winfrey Show, former American Idol host Simon Cowell admitted there were a few things he would change about the show. One change would be the age requirements. Cowell said he would have liked to have seen the maximum age for the show higher and indeed his new talent show, X Factor, will have no upper age limit.
But would fans even want to see older singers on American Idol? During the season 9 auditions, an Internet sensation was born after General Larry Platt somehow made his way past the age limits and in front of the judges. The 62 year old Platt sang a little ditty he wrote- a song called “Pants on the Ground”. Platt’s performance went viral on the Internet and he was even invited back to perform on the American Idol Season 9 finale.
The American Idol Season 10 audition dates have also been announced. The auditions will kick off next month in Nashville.
American Idol Season 10 Audition Dates and Locations:
Nashville. TN (July 17, Bridgestone Arena)
Milwaukee , WI (July 21, Bradley Center)
New Orleans, LA (July 26, Location to be announced)
East Rutherford, N.J. (Aug. 3, IZOD Center)
Austin, TX (Aug. 11, Frank Erwin Center)
San Francisco, CA (Aug. 19, AT & T Park)
American Idol Season 10 will premiere in January, 2011 on FOX.
“Oprah and Simon Cowell: The Farewell Interview”, The Oprah Winfrey Show
American Idol Season 9, FOX TV