After having a number of Utah natives show success on the show, American Idol will be holding a round of auditions in Provo, Utah for the show’s first season on ABC instead of Fox.
The auditions will be held on August 23, with the location still to be announced. This will be the show’s first season on the ABC network after 15 seasons spent finding talented singers on Fox. The last season on Fox was supposed to be the farewell season, but it was announced shortly after it ended that the show had been picked up by ABC and would simply be relocating for the 2018 season. ABC representatives said that they felt the show was too much of a pop-culture staple that didn’t deserve to leave the air just yet. ABC Entertainment’s president, Channing Dungey, said, “ABC is the right home to reignite the fan base. We are thrilled viewers will once again share in these inspiring stories of people realizing their dreams.”
Judges from the last season will not be returning to the ABC version of the show. While Katy Perry is rumored to be an upcoming judge, none have been officially announced. The show’s longtime host, Ryan Seacrest, has been in negotiations for a contract for the new show.
In the past, many Utah County and Utah natives have been popular contestants on the show. David Archuleta, Kenzie Hall, Carmen Rasmussen Herbert, and several others have impressed the judges over the years. Producers may have taken note of the amount of talent coming from Utah and decided to hold a round of auditions in the state.
For those in the area who are eager to audition, American Idol is accepting online video auditions that can be uploaded on their website.