‘American Idol’ Allows Online Auditions For First Time

A select few 'Idol' hopefuls will advance to L.A. callbacks.

It’s hard to believe that a new season of “American Idol” is just around the corner, but it’s even harder to believe that the reality-TV ratings juggernaut has been around for a decade. To celebrate the 10-year milestone, it was announced Wednesday (September 15) that, for the first time, “Idol” hopefuls can submit online audition videos to MySpace.

From now through October 6, aspiring Kelly Clarksons and Chris Daughtrys between the ages of 15 and 28 (as of July 15, 2010) have the opportunity to submit an audition video. According to a news release from the network, entrants must demonstrate their “stellar singing ability by performing one of the songs from the approved list a cappella. Videos are limited to 40 seconds in length, and are limited to one submission per person. Auditions will be judged in a similar fashion to the live audition cities and a select number will advance to the next round of callbacks in Los Angeles.”

The song list includes Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” Keith Urban’s “Kiss a Girl” and Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana,” to name a few. Fans will be able to share the videos across various networks and watch highlights in a special gallery on the MySpace page.

This “American Idol” offseason has been a hectic one. Aside from Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi being out as judges, the show also dropped its age limit to 15 to make sure it doesn’t miss out on a potential Justin Bieber.

Now if they would just announce who will be on the judges’ panel next season …

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