American Idol will be doing things a bit differently this year. This comes as the entertainment industry continues to adapt to the challenges created by the COVID-19 coronavirus. On Friday it was announced that American Idol will be offering virtual auditions this season utilizing Zoom. There will be no in-person auditions for season four.

Auditions will begin utilizing a custom-built version of Zoom. They will start on August 10th in Delaware, Florida, and Ohio. They will then continue around the country into September. Season four should air sometime in 2021.

Season 3 winner Just Sam was recently crowned virtually as well. She offered this encouragement: “You might be auditioning from your bedroom, your living room,” she said, “but you have to treat this as if you’re on the Idol stage in front of millions of people.”

The season 3 finale of American Idol was filmed virtually. The show included a performance from judge Katy Perry. Lionel Ritchie and Luke Bryan are the other two judges. Ryan Seacrest hosts.

For those who would like to signup, visit: https://abc.com/shows/american-idol/auditions

While virtual, auditions will still focus on specific places across the country on specific dates. They include:

  • Delaware, Florida, and Ohio (Aug. 10)
  • Louisiana, Missouri, and Wisconsin (Aug. 12)
  • Arizona, Oregon, and Washington (Aug. 14)
  • Georgia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Rhode Island (Aug. 16)
  • Open Call Auditions (Aug. 17)
  • Alabama, Arkansas, and Kansas (Aug. 18)
  • Idaho, New Mexico, and Utah (Aug. 20)
  • Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Texas (Aug. 22)
  • Michigan, Tennessee, and Virginia (Aug. 24)
  • Open Call Auditions (Aug. 25)
  • Iowa, Mississippi, and Oklahoma (Aug. 26)
  • Illinois, Indiana, and Minnesota (Aug. 28)
  • Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York (Aug. 30)
  • Colorado, Montana, Nevada, and Wyoming (Sep. 1)
  • Maine, South Carolina, and West Virginia (Sep. 3)
  • Alaska, California, and Hawai‘i (Sep. 5)
  • Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania (Sep. 7)
  • Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Vermont (Sep. 9)

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