American Idol 2011 Audition Cities announced plus ‘big change’

Breaking news for wannabe pop stars! Ryan Seacrest has announced the [[American Idol (2011 Series)|American Idol 10]] audition cities to his more than 3 million Twitter followers:

Just got audition cities for @americanidol 10: Nashville, Milwaukee, New Orleans, E. Rutherford, Austin & S.F. Tmrw announcing a big change!

I know some of our American friends in the Audition Junkies forum will be keen to know dates and times, and I’ll certainly post them here as the news trickles in. Bookmark this post – because I’ll add the information here.

Venues & Dates

The venues and dates for each city have been confirmed by Seacrest as follows:

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

The bigger question – I’m sure it’s tickling you guys too – is what is the ‘big change’ that Seacrest’s talking about? There has been talk about submitting video auditions this year, in conjunction with MySpace – could that be it? Or is it something else altogether?

Audition age lowered to include 15 year olds

Yes, Seacrest has confirmed that the audition age has been lowered to 15 years old. Here’s the inside scoop on this decision:

in an effort to continue to find the best undiscovered talent in the nation, American Idol is expanding the eligibility age range for the first time ever to include hopefuls from 15 to 28 years old. (The previous minimum age requirement was 16.)

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

Stay tuned to the Unreality Shout forum for American Idol 2011 auditions discussions!

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