‘American Idol’ Looking For Its Next Champ

Auditions for third season taking place in August.

If you think you’re savvier than Studdard or more charismatic than Clarkson, mark your calendars now. Auditions for the next “American Idol” are just around the corner.

Tryouts will be held for the third season of the popular TV show next month, according to an “American Idol” spokesperson. Those who wish to vie for the title may strut their stuff in Los Angeles on either August 4 or August 6 (organizers have not yet settled on a date), in Houston on August 13, in Atlanta on August 20 and in New York on August 25.

Locations for the auditions have yet to be announced.

Those who make the cut are on their way to either worldwide fame or embarrassment. Like previous winners Ruben Studdard, whom 38 million viewers saw defeat Clay Aiken in the second-season finale, and premiere-season champ Kelly Clarkson, winners will receive a recording contract.

Clarkson has already made good on her opportunity. The result, Thankful, debuted at #1 on the Billboard albums chart in April and has sold more than 1.2 million copies. She recently shot a video for her latest single, “Low” (see “A New ‘Low’ For Kelly Clarkson As She Seeks Out Revenge” ).

Studdard, meanwhile, has recorded a track with Fat Joe for his debut album (see “Fat Joe, ‘Idol’ Ruben Studdard Team Up To Say ‘Can I Get Your Attention?’ “ ), and together with first runner-up Clay Aiken, is part of the “American Idol” summer tour (see “Ruben Studdard Confronted By Rabid Claymates At Tour Stop” ).

The third season of “American Idol” is scheduled to begin airing in January.