Fox lowers 'American Idol' age requirement
Previously, contestants had to be at least 16 to appear on the show. The maximum age to try out for "Idol," 28, remains unchanged.
"A lot of young, talented people are now seeking careers and representation before they turn 16," said Cecile Frot-Coutaz, executive producer of "Idol." "Lowering the age limit allows us to tap into this talent pool."
Yes, if only the age limit was lowered sooner, "Idol" would have discovered Justin Bieber instead of, say, Lee DeWyze.
The announcement is the first of several upcoming changes for the show, which is expected to name a new judge to replace Simon Cowell and a new music director in the coming months.
Auditions begin in Nashville in July. Here's the "Idol" auditions schedule:
Cities Dates Venues
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