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By Alyssa Pereira

If you’ve heard of Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson (and come on that’s all of you) you are aware of the power that is the ‘American Idol’ machine. The mega-competition seeking unearthed divas across the U.S. has been around for a shocking 13 (!!!) seasons and are about to get rolling on the next one.

If you think you can hang, head down to the Cow Palace September 29 at 6 am to give it a shot. In the past, the competition reluctantly allowed campers to stay in line overnight but those days are now gone—if you want to sing for the judges, you’re going to have to get there early like everyone else.

And keep in mind, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get to perform for the judges. According to the post, “If our time is running short, the Producer may walk around the venue to pick out people to audition (regardless of how early they registered or their seat numbers) based on performing ability, look, style, personality and other factors, at Producer’s sole discretion.” So basically go with the sequins and/or face paint because you’ve got nothing to lose.

To compete you must be 15-28 (with a legal guardian if under 18) without an immediate family member at Fox, and unconnected to any recording contract.

And make sure to leave your schedule open if you believe you’re the next Adam Lambert. If you’re good you may need to return several times too over the next few days, so you may want to plan on taking a few days off.


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