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'American Idol' Announces 10-City Small Town Audition Tour

The show will add a "Nominate an Idol" feature and online auditions for the new season.

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The American Idol audition process is getting an extreme makeover, as Fox announced a “Small Town Auditon Bus Tour” on Monday.

In an additional twist, the show will add a “Nominate an Idol” feature as well as online auditions in an attempt to cast a wider net in the search for stellar talent between the ages of 15-28.

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The bus tour, commencing Aug. 1, marks the first time the show will reach out to markets and vocalists unable to afford a trip to the big city auditions. The 10-town mobile tour will make stops in Idaho Falls, ID; Billings, MT; Casper, WY; Rock Rapids, IA; Iowa City, IA; Bowling Green, KY; Clarksdale, MS; Joplin, MO; Dodge City, KA; and Grand Junction, CO, at locations to be announced.

The “Nominate an Idol” program will allow friends and family to nominate a prospective Idol in secret by filling out an online form and submitting an existing video or URL of their “nominee,” a capella. Chosen candidates will then be surprised on location by a film crew and given the chance to advance to the next round of auditions.

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Online auditions will be held Aug. 1-14. Hopefuls will have the opportunity to audition by submitting an audition video online with one of the songs from an approved list and performing it a cappella.

Rules and audition forms are available at americanidol.com