'American Idol' auditions: 15-year-olds eligible for first time ever, cities announced

katie-stevens-american-idol.jpg" American Idol" will begin holding auditions for its landmark 10th season on July 17 in Nashville, Tenn., and for the first time 15-year-old hopefuls will be eligible to compete. The age range for contestants has been expanded to include singers from age 15 to age 28.

The move seems appropriate, especially since some of today's biggest pop stars, like Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber, began their careers before they were old enough to drive.

"A lot of young, talented people are now seeking careers and representation before they turn 16," says Cecile Frot-Coutaz, executive producer. "Lowering the age limit allows us to tap into this talent pool."

Host Ryan Seacrest teased the announcement on June 20th on his official Twitter, writing, "Just got audition cities for @americanidol 10: Nashville, Milwaukee, New Orleans, E. Rutherford, Austin & S.F. Tmrw announcing a big change!"

If you can't make it to the first audition call in Nashville, you're in luck. As always, the producers and judges (whoever they may be) will be touring the country to find the brightest new talent. Find the audition city nearest you below. Just don't forget to finish your geometry homework and take out the trash before you go stand in line, kids.

Nashville, TN - Saturday, July 17  -  Bridgestone Arena
Milwaukee, WI  -  Wednesday, July 21  -  Bradley Center
New Orleans, LA  -  Monday, July 26  -  TBA
East Rutherford, NJ - Tuesday, Aug. 3 - IZOD Center    
Austin, TX   - Wednesday, Aug. 11   - Frank Erwin Center
San Francisco, CA   - Thursday, Aug. 19   - AT&T Park


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