American Idol Teams With Country Music Awards For a Special Contest

Lauren Ashley Beck | Talent Recap


Here’s your chance to make it to Hollywood on American Idol without even auditioning! Well, sort of.

American Idol and the Country Music Awards have put together the American Idol CMA Contest. All those wishing to enter is upload a video of them singing one of the following country songs to Instagram with the hashtag #IdolCMAContest in the description:

  • “Love Me Like You Mean It” by Kelsea Ballerini
  • “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett
  • “My Church” by Maren Morris
  • “Beautiful Crazy” by Luke Combs
  • “Cry Pretty” by Carrie Underwood
  • “Blue Ain’t Your Color” by Keith Urban
  • “Tin Man” by Miranda Lambert
  • “Different for Girls” by Dierks Bentley

All videos must be no more than 60 seconds in length, completely unaltered, and with no other people, brands, or musical accompaniment unless you personally choose to play an instrument. You must be a legal resident of the United States to enter, and the contest will close at 11 pm Eastern/6 pm Pacific on Sunday, October 14, 2018.

After all the submissions have been reviewed, three finalists will be chosen to win a trip to Nashville to record a video of them singing their chosen song. These videos will air during the Country Music Awards for viewers to vote on, with the winner being announced on Good Morning America Friday, November 16. Whoever it is will advance straight to the Hollywood round on the upcoming season of ABC’s American Idol!

This whole thing is very similar to a contest they did last year, when three hopefuls who were turned down during auditions had their clips played during the American Music Awards for viewers to vote on, and the winner was announced on Idol sister show Dancing With the Stars. The “prize” was the same; a spot in Hollywood week on the first season of the Idol reboot. Britney Holmes was the winner, but she did not end up advancing to the Showcase round.

I have to say, I’m not sure which of the two formats for this contest I like better. I think picking someone from a different avenue other than an unsuccessful audition will probably leave the winner with a better chance to move past the Hollywood week round (if the judges already said no to you, it’s tough to win them over when you return) but since it’s cross-promotion with the Country Music Awards instead of the American Music Awards it’s only focused on one genre this year, which is definitely limiting. I would like this new method a whole lot more if it included more genres like pop and R&B.

For more information on the contest, including the Official Rules, check out the American Idol website. The Country Music Awards will air live on ABC Wednesday, November 14, and American Idol will return for it’s 17th season (second to air on ABC) in 2019.


Julia Delbel
Julia Delbel

Julia is a writer at Talent Recap and hails from the Greater Toronto Area. She is currently pursuing a degree in Media Studies. When not sharing her latest reality TV hot takes she's likely enjoying a game night with friends, collecting enamel pins, or spending time with her cat, Zoey.

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