How To Audition For ‘American Idol’: Here’s What You Need To Know
Ever wanted to audition for American Idol? With the current season winding down, it’s time to start thinking about next year’s competition. If you have a voice you want the world to hear, we’re here to help you figure things out.
Check out our guide below for information about how to try out for the show, including eligibility requirements and what to do on the day of your audition. This is based on the 2018 audition information, so it may be subject to change. (However, the show is currently linking to it, so it shouldn’t be too different.)
How To Prepare For Your American Idol Audition
Before you do anything, make sure you meet the show’s eligibility requirements. You must be between 15 and 28 years old on the date listed. (Last year it was June 1, so we imagine it will be around the same time this year.) You must also be a legal U.S. resident and not have competed in the Top 10 of a previous season.
You can find more detailed eligibility requirements here. Once you know you’re allowed to try out, go ahead and register on the audition site. The show will send you updates about audition cities. If you’re under 18, a parent or guardian must register on your behalf.
The audition cities for 2019 have yet to be announced, but you can check here for the 2018 locations, to get an idea of where the show might be headed for open calls. Last year’s auditions took place in August and September.
What To Do On The Day Of Your Audition
If you registered online, you can pick up a wristband and seat ticket at the Check-In/Registration Line when you reach the audition location. The show also advises signing the Personal Release beforehand and bringing it with you. If you haven’t registered online, you can also register in person starting at 9 a.m. on the audition day. Be sure to bring a photograph of yourself and a valid ID to prove your age.
You can bring one person with you at the audition, but they must also receive a wristband at Check-In/Registration. No one under 5 years old is permitted at auditions. If you’re under 18, your parent or guardian must sign your Personal Release and accompany you at all times.
Tentative audition times are between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Camping overnight to get a spot is not allowed, and some cities may not allow you to line up before 6 a.m.
What To Sing In Your Audition
Once you’ve gotten all the logistical stuff out of the way, it’s time to start thinking about what you want to sing to show off your talent. You can either sing a cappella or accompanied by an instrument. You may be asked to sing two to three songs, so make sure you have multiple options.
If you receive a callback, you may be asked to sing one song off a producer’s list, and another song of your choice — both a cappella. Keep in mind that you’ll have to go through multiple rounds of auditions before you have a chance to meet the judges and get that golden ticket.
If you can’t make it to an open call, you can also submit an audition online. Last year, hopefuls could also share their talent on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Musical.ly) using the hashtag #TheNextIdol. Keep an eye on the American Idol website and social media for information about this year’s online auditions.
Tips & Tricks
The show advises auditioners not to wear clothing that features designer names or logos, celebrity or cartoon character images, or inappropriate language. If you have a tattoo of any of those things, cover it before your audition.
Although food and drink should hopefully be available for purchase at the auditions, the show also advises you to eat something beforehand and bring a bottle of water to drink when you’re waiting in line.
American Idol also shared a Facebook video last year with audition advice from the show’s Top 7 contestants. The number one tip was to be yourself and show off your personality. As last season’s winner Maddie Poppe advised, “Do your own thing.” And she would know.