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Want to audition for ‘American Idol’? It just got a lot easier

Last year, when ‘American Idol’ came to Salt Lake City, people began showing up as early as 3:30 a.m. to claim a spot in line. This year, auditioning just got a lot easier.

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Collin DeClerk, production assistant, tries to get the crowd excited while filming before “American Idol” auditions outside of the Northwest Community Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. “American Idol” announced on Friday it will be doing virtual auditions this year.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Every year, “American Idol” draws thousands of hopeful contestants to its open-call auditions in cities across the U.S. — people who are itching for a shot at fame and fortune. 

The process can be exhausting.

Last year, when “Idol” came to Salt Lake City on a Thursday, people began showing up as early as 3:30 a.m. to claim a spot in line, the Deseret News reported. Some had traveled several hours from out of state for a chance to audition. 

Aspiring stars stood in line for hours just to reach “American Idol” producers. After singing for just a few seconds, some got a “yes.” Many more received a “no.” 

This year, auditioning just got a lot easier. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, “American Idol” is going virtual for its first round of auditions, the show announced Friday. 

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People cheer for the American Idol film crew while waiting in line for American Idol auditions outside of the Northwest Community Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. “American Idol” announced on Friday it will be doing virtual auditions this year.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Using “custom-built Zoom technology,” the “Idol Across America” tour will begin Aug. 10 and work its way across all 50 states, according to Entertainment Weekly. Hopeful contestants in Utah will have a chance to audition on Aug. 20. 

The pandemic interrupted “American Idol” production this past season. In March, “Idol” sent the remaining contestants home before ultimately choosing to have the top 20 finalists perform and compete from their homes, the Deseret News reported. 

Just Sam, who in May was virtually crowned the “Idol” winner, offered potential contestants some advice going forward in this unprecedented territory.

“You might be auditioning from your bedroom, your living room, but you have to treat this as if you’re on the ‘Idol’ stage in front of millions of people,” the 21-year-old singer said, according to Entertainment Weekly

The new season is set to air sometime in 2021, Entertainment Weekly reported.

For more information on the virtual auditions, visit the show’s official website. You can also sign up and reserve an audition time on the website. 

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Irlanda Escobar sings while waiting in line for “American Idol” auditions outside the Northwest Community Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. “American Idol” announced Friday it will be doing virtual auditions this year.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Below is the current tour schedule. According to the show’s website, you must be between 15 and 28 years old to audition, and can audition on any date, regardless of your location. 

Aug. 10 — Delaware, Florida and Ohio 

Aug. 12 — Louisiana, Missouri and Wisconsin

Aug. 14 — Arizona, Oregon and Washington 

Aug. 16 — Georgia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Rhode Island 

Aug. 17 — Open call auditions 

Aug. 18 — Alabama, Arkansas and Kansas 

Aug. 20 — Idaho, New Mexico and Utah 

Aug. 22 — Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas 

Aug. 24 – Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia 

Aug. 25 — Open call auditions 

Aug. 26 — Iowa, Mississippi and Oklahoma 

Aug. 28 — Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota 

Aug. 30 — Connecticut, New Jersey and New York 

Sept. 1 — Colorado, Montana, Nevada and Wyoming 

Sept. 3 — Maine, South Carolina, and West Virginia

Sept. 5 — Alaska, California and Hawaii 

Sept. 7 — Kentucky, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania 

Sept. 9 — Massachusetts, North Carolina and Vermont