'American Idol' to host auditions in 19 cities starting in August

Posted at 11:23 AM, Jun 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-12 11:37:01-04

Could you be the next American Idol? Going into its 15th season, American Idol will begin its nationwide search for the nation’s next top talent on Thursday, August 17.

Simultaneous bus tours will travel the country looking for the next Idol to grace the big stage. Hopefuls can audition in-person at a participating Bus Tour stop or at an open audition city.

For Clevelanders looking to audition, the closest tour bus location will be in Pittsburgh, PA on September 3. But, this season, auditions can also be hosted from the comfort of their own home.

By visiting, hopefuls can submit audition videos online or take to social media by sharing audition videos on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or using the hashtag #TheNextIdol. Participants must be at least 15 years of age to audition. 

The 15th season of American Idol will premiere on ABC after the conclusion of auditions. 

The complete 19-city bus tour audition schedule is listed below:

     West Bus Tour                                                 East Bus Tour
Portland, OR – Aug 17                                    Orlando, FL – Aug 17
Oakland, CA – Aug 20                                     Miami, FL – Aug 19
Provo, UT – Aug 23                                         Atlanta, GA – Aug 22
Denver, CO – Aug 26                                      Charleston, SC – Aug 25
Omaha, NE – Aug 29                                      Asheville, NC – Aug 27
Tulsa, OK – Sept 1                                          Louisville, KY – Aug 30
Shreveport, LA – Sept 4                                  Pittsburgh, PA – Sept 3       
Muscle Shoals, AL – Sept 7                            Annapolis, MD – Sept 5
                                                                        Boston, MA – Sept 8                                    

Open Audition Cities                               
Chicago, IL – Sept 11                                               
New Orleans, LA – Sept 14   

American Idol has discovered nationally-recognized talents like Jordin Sparks, who recently sang the National Anthem at Game 4 of the NBA Finals in Cleveland.