No 'American Idol' auditions in Philly area for show's ABC revival season

If Philadelphia-area folks want to audition for the upcoming season of American Idol in person, they’re going to have to travel — to Annapolis, Md., or Pittsburgh. Those are the closest cities that will host auditions for the show’s upcoming season on ABC.

Idol hopefuls can submit auditions online. Singers must be aged 15 to 28 to be considered.

Show organizers will hold live auditions throughout the United States with two bus tour starting Aug. 17. Stops on the tours include everywhere from Portland, Ore., to Annapolis, Md. The full dates are as follows:

West Bus Tour

  • Portland, Ore. – Aug. 17
  • Oakland, Calif. – Aug. 20
  • Provo, Utah – Aug. 23
  • Denver, Colo. – Aug. 26
  • Omaha, Neb. – Aug. 29
  • Tulsa, Okla. – Sept. 1
  • Shreveport, La. – Sept. 4
  • Muscle Shoals, Ala. – Sept. 7

East Bus Tour

  • Orlando – Aug. 17
  • Miami – Aug. 19
  • Atlanta – Aug. 22
  • Charleston, S.C. – Aug. 25
  • Asheville, N.C. – Aug. 27
  • Louisville, Ky. – Aug. 30
  • Pittsburgh – Sept. 3
  • Annapolis, Md. – Sept. 5
  • Boston – Sept. 8

Open auditions also will be held in Chicago on Sept. 11 and in New Orleans on Sept. 14. Details about audition venues are forthcoming.

This round of Idol auditions is the first under new parent network ABC, which picked up the show following Fox’s cancellation of the series. Idol aired a “farewell season” on Fox last year (singer Trent Harmon won), with ABC announcing its return in early May. So far, singer Katy Perry has been announced as a judge:

Philadelphia was last included on an Idol audition tour in 2015, when the show came to town to hear singers for what would be its final season on Fox, season 15. Prior to that, Idol hit Philly in 2008.