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Published on August 18th, 2013 | by Nature Humphries


American Idol Season 13 Bus Tour Auditions – IN OXFORD!

Idol is about the individual and their journey to the finale!


#IdolJourney – Using this tag we will share across social media and outreach encouraging fans to share their journey, which we will feature on our official site and even on the show!

#BeAPartOfIt – Different than any other Reality Competition Show, American Idol is about the experience. Through social media we plan to start participating early in the audition process and beyond. From drumming up excitement for their favorite auditioners, to social media initiatives such as Instagram video charades and Tweet the best audition song. Fan bases of the auditioners will be encouraged to use the #BeAPartOfIt tag to show their support for their favorite future star. Who’s their biggest fan?!

You Are The Star – Auditioners are encouraged to start documenting their path to stardom via personal videos from the get go. Confessionals and vlog style videos will be collected and highlighted on our social networks. Producers encourage all auditioners and their families to participate in the #IdolJourney.


Lifting the Veil – We will be revealing all the nuts and bolts of what it takes to find the next American Idol. From the initial audition process to the star-studded finale, we will expose the details that fans have been asking for.

#IdolGuitar – Social outreach to stir up excitement about this new addition to Idol. Guitars are, for the first time in Idol history, to be allowed at the early rounds including the Judges round. It should be noted that any audition MUST start with an a capella audition and the use of a guitar after that. Show Us Your 6 String – Is your guitar an extension of you? We will feature the best looking guitars and the people who own them through social media channels. Air Guitar Hero – No Guitar? No problem! We will not only feature the best air guitar performances at the audition cities, but also encourage fans to submit their best Air Guitars on Twitter, Instagram, and Vine. Who is the next Air Guitar Idol?!

Where are we going?
We are going to these 5 cities, so make your plans now! Auditions will be held from approximately 8:00am until 4:00pm on each bus tour audition day at each audition location.

City Venue / Audition Day

Little Rock, Arkansas   August 17, 2013
Oxford, Mississippi   August 19, 2013
Tuscaloosa, Alabama   August 21, 2013
Knoxville, Tennessee   August 23, 2013
Winston-Salem, North Carolina   August 26, 2013

How does it work?

Registration and Audition
Registration will take place on the day of your audition. It is anticipated that registration will start no later than 8:00 a.m. on the audition day in each city and will continue throughout the audition day. Please do not arrive at the audition location earlier than the designated start time of registration. Continue to check our website at www.americanidol.com DAILY for up-to-date registration times and other information. THERE WILL BE NO OVERNIGHT CAMPING ALLOWED INSIDE OR OUTSIDE ANY OF THE AUDITION LOCATIONS. Space for auditions may be limited, so remember, if you wait until the late in the day to register you will be one of the last people to register and we may run out of space or time to accommodate you. Once you have registered, you will be directed to the audition line, where you will wait your turn to audition, or, at Producer’s sole discretion, be asked to audition while in the audition line. Registering in a particular city registers you for THAT CITY ONLY. Registration does NOT guarantee you the opportunity to audition. Continue to check our website www.americanidol.com DAILY for registration times, further information and updates.


You must be a US citizen, or eligible to work full-time in the US, and between the ages of 15 and 28 years old as of May 16, 2013.

When you arrive at the audition location to register and audition, you MUST have two forms of ID that show proof of your age and a photograph (for example, a birth certificate and driver’s license or a birth certificate and a passport or a birth certificate and a school ID card) and the Personal Release, as we will only have a limited number of copies at the audition location. You can find all the forms you need at http://www.americanidol.com. You must have all necessary forms and ID to have an opportunity to register and audition (please see Audition Bus Tour Registration and Audition Rules for more details). After showing proper ID and submitting your paperwork, you will be directed to the audition line. Remember, if you wait until late in the day to register you will be one of the last people to register and we may run out of space or time to accommodate you.


Anyone younger than 18, that will be attending the auditions (auditioning or not) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Minors or those without a driver’s license, who are auditioning OR supporters of those auditioning, may use a school ID or acceptable substitute (such as a birth certificate matching the name).


Check out the eligibility requirements on www.americanidol.com/auditions and make sure you are eligible to participate!

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About the Author

is Editor-in-Chief of The Local Voice media company. Nature is originally from Vicksburg, Mississippi, but moved to Oxford in 2004 after spending time in the United States Navy. She also worked in the restaurant industry for many years as a Server and a Bartender. Nature graduated from Ole Miss in 2007 with a degree in English and Modern Languages.

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