AMERICAN Idol is back again tonight with a fresh round of auditions.
Tonight’s episode comes after a platinum ticket was given in the second episode to 17-year-old Kenedi Anderson, who blew the judges away with a Lady Gaga cover.
The platinum ticket is a new addition this season, and it’s a game-changer for competitors.
The platinum tickets allow one talented recipient in each auditioning city to immediately advance to the second Hollywood round, meaning Kenedi Anderson will skip the first round of cuts.
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Where was American Idol 2022 filmed? continued
The new show runner, Megan Michaels Wolflick, told Deadline in an interview: “now we’re going to the biggest music cities in America, we’re able to go out again. We’re able to go to the places that make this show sing.”
However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the first round of auditions for the 2022 season took place virtually through Zoom.
They resumed in-person from October 2021 with health and safety protocols in mind.
Where was American Idol 2022 filmed?
Unlike season 18, which was virtual and season 19, which was filmed in California, American Idol’s season 20 took its time to visit some of the trending capitals in America:
- Los Angeles, California
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Austin, Texas
- Disney Aulani, Hawaii
How much does it cost to audition?
It costs nothing to audition for American Idol, provided hopefuls meet the show’s eligibility requirements, and cover their own costs of travel and accommodation.
You must be between 15 and 28 years old at your audition time and you must also be a legal US resident and not have competed in the Top 10 of a previous season.
How can I watch American Idol?
The 20th season of American Idol kicks off on February 27, 2022, at 8pm ET and fans will be able to watch the show every Sunday on ABC.
They can also stream American Idol on the ABC app or on Hulu.
Who are the judges?
“The chemistry and passion Katy, Luke, Lionel, and Ryan bring is second to none. We couldn’t be more ecstatic that they are returning for this iconic 20th season in search of the freshest new talent that this nation has to offer.”
Who won American Idol 2020?
The winner of American Idol 2020 was Just Sam, née Samantha Diaz, who is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter from Harlem, New York.
“Literally, I could have walked away with nothing and been OK, but I walked away with everything,” Just Sam told Parade after her win.
“Wow! This is more than a dream come true. I am so grateful to have given this gift to my grandmother.”
The audition process, continued
There are both open auditions and, according to that performer, invite-only auditions.
According to Cinema Blend, open audition contestants are asked to prepare a few songs, and when they arrive, they sing either alone or with one to two other possible contestants for a few “rounds.”
Potential contestants perform for all sorts of people involved with the show during this process.
Barnum said his first audition was with a casting team member.
The audition process
According to a singer/songwriter who auditioned for the show in 2017, Michael Barnum, there is a long process to the American Idol auditions before the taped “first” audition that viewers are familiar with.
“They didn’t just show up that day and immediately sang for the judges,” the performer wrote in a Medium blog post.
“It’s a process and there are many hoops you have to go through before any of that happens, including a 500 questionnaire psych evaluation.”
Who is the most famous winner?
With numerous talented winners from American Idol, the two most successful are Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson.
Underwood won season 4, and Clarkson won the first season, making the two today’s most iconic American Idol musicians.
When did American Idol begin?
Created by Simon Fuller, the reality competition series American Idol first premiered on Fox back on June 11, 2002.
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