The entertainment phenomenon that has made household names of Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson and Chris Daughtry is back. American Idol gets ready to kick off its 10th season, sans Simon Cowell, with the first auditions scheduled for July 2010.
Debuting in 2002, American Idol was fashioned after the British hit Pop Idol. Its early auditions were marked by cranky British judge Simon Cowell and his often cruel comments to tone deaf wannabes. Throughout the years, the ratings powerhouse has jumpstarted the careers of many beyond just finale winners.
Chris Daughtry, a season five cast-off who didn’t even make the top three, has emerged as one of the most commercially successful American Idol contestants to date. A fellow contestant during the season, Kellie Pickler, has also been met with moderate success on the country charts.
However, for every Chris Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, there is a Ryan Starr, Carmen Rasmusen and Justin Guarini. Even for those with no musical talent, American Idol can offer an opportunity for stardom. Just ask William Hung, the likeable but awful singer from Season 1 who got his 15 minutes of fame plus so much more.
If you think you have what it takes to join the ranks of American Idol superstars, pack your bags – and your patience – and head to the nearest American Idol 2010 audition location.
In 2010, you can audition at the following sites:
- Nashville, TN – Sat, July 17 – Bridgestone Arena
- Milwaukee, WI – Wed, July 21 – BradleyCenter
- New Orleans, LA – Mon, July 26 – TBA
- East Rutherford, NJ – Tues, Aug. 3 – IZODCenter
- Austin, TX – Wed, Aug. 11 – FrankErwinCenter
- San Francisco, CA – Thu, Aug. 19 – AT&TPark
To audition, you will likely need to visit the audition site early to pick up a wristband. Then it will be an all-day adventure as you move from producer to producer singing your heart out. Then, if you survive early rounds, you will get your moment of glory when you audition in front of Ellen DeGeneres, Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and the mystery judge who will replace outgoing Simon Cowell.
While contestants previously had to be 16-28 years old at the time of auditions, in 2010, the minimum age is dropping to 15. For specific information on how to get a wristband and what time auditions start, stop by the American Idol website.
Then, when you get your moment in the stoplight, be sure to tell host Ryan Seacrest we said hi!