How To Audition For ‘The Voice’: Here’s What You Need To Know

Jill O'Rourke
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Ever wanted to audition for The Voice, but aren’t sure where to start? Not to worry! We’re here to help you figure things out, so your talent can finally be noticed.

Check out our guide below for helpful tips and links, from how to find your audition city to what song to choose. Keep in mind that the blind auditions you see on TV are several steps beyond the initial auditions. But you have to start somewhere, right?

How To Prepare For Your Voice Audition

Before you start, make sure you meet the eligibility requirements to audition. You must be 13 years of age or older, and if you’re younger than 18, you must have your parents or guardians fill out a consent form. Other eligibility guidelines can be found on The Voice website.

Next, figure out what city you want to audition in. You can find open call dates and locations here. Also be sure to follow The Voice Casting on social media, in case they announce a pop-up audition near you. If you can’t make it to one of the open calls, you can submit a video audition year-round.

Once you’ve decided to audition, create an artist profile on the show’s website. You can then select a city, date, and time for your audition — or submit your video entry (more info on that later).

Before you attend your audition, make sure to print your Artist Audition Pass and bring along a photo ID.

What To Sing In Your Voice Audition

Once you have all the logistical stuff out of the way, it’s time to decide on the perfect song to show off your voice. However, you want to make sure the song you have in mind fits the show’s requirements.

For an open call audition, you need to have two songs prepared. You can only perform a cappella at this point, so don’t plan to play an instrument or turn on a backing track. Other than that, you’re allowed to sing any song by any artist, in any genre.

On the other hand, if you’re submitting a video audition, a cappella is not allowed. You’ll need to perform two songs accompanied by a track or an instrument (played by yourself or someone else). You must also include an “about me” section that is no longer than five minutes.

You can submit your video application online or by mail. Check here for the mail-in requirements and address.

What To Do If You Get A Callback

You may get a Red Card at your open call audition and be asked to attend a callback. You will be given a date and time to return. If this happens, there are some updated rules about what you can sing.

You must prepare three “current/popular songs” for a callback, so no original songs. You might also be asked to perform a song of a producer’s choosing. This time, a cappella is not allowed, so you’ll need to play an instrument, be accompanied by someone, or play a backing track. However, if you do play your own instrument, you must perform at least one song without playing.

Remember, this is still not the blind auditions, so the coaches won’t be there.

Tips & Tricks

The show’s website includes some tips from the show’s casting team. They advise hopefuls to choose songs that represent them as an artist and that they feel comfortable singing, but that haven’t been overdone. That said, they should still be “well known.”

If you’re agonizing over what to wear, the show recommends wearing an outfit you would wear on TV for the blind auditions. (This does not include silly costumes, as the show is only looking for “serious artists.”)

According to this article by someone who auditioned for the show, you’ll have a window of several hours to show up for your audition. She advises getting there early in the window or toward the end, to avoid the longest lines. You should also be prepared to wait around, so she suggests bringing snacks and water.

You also apparently will only have 30 seconds to sing, and can choose any part of the song to start with. Keep this in mind to make sure you’re showing the producers everything you have to offer.

Then, of course, there’s this classic reminder: “Be yourself.”

The above is only the most basic information you need to know to audition. You can find frequently asked questions and further guidelines on the Voice website.

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