If you're still shaking the glitter from your hair from last month's "American Idol" finale, which crowned soft-spoken Arkansas strummer Kris Allen as the show's eighth champ, time's up. Less than a month after the lights went down on one of the most exciting finales in "Idol" history, the star-making machinery is about to be cranked up again.
Auditions for season nine of "Idol" will begin on June 14 at Gillette Stadium in Boston before moving on to Atlanta's Georgia Dome on June 18. The show will spend three days in each city, with the first two devoted to registration and the third to auditions. For the Boston date, wristbands will be distributed from 7 a.m. on June 12 until 8 a.m. on the 14th, with auditioners asked to return to the stadium by 5 a.m. that day. No camping out is permitted.
The show will try to find talent in Los Angeles again beginning June 30 at the Rose Bowl before moving on to Orlando, Florida's Amway Arena on July 9 and Denver's Invesco Field at Mile High on July 14. Also on tap as audition cities are Dallas and Chicago, though information and dates for those stops have not yet been announced.
There has been much speculation about whether female judges Paula Abdul and newbie Kara DioGuardi will be back for season nine, as both women's contracts were up after the end of the most recent season. DioGuardi, whose first year on the show provided mixed results — and included some awkward spats with fellow judge Simon Cowell, as well as shows that ran over due to the new four-judge format — told the ladies of "The View" last week that she didn't know if she was going to be back for an encore.
Wannabe contestants must be between the ages of 16 and 28 as of June 12, 2009, and be eligible to work in the U.S.
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