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'American Idol' Sets Audition Sites

In this photo provided by Fox Television, Chris Daughtry, 26, of McLeansville, N.C. performs on stage during the "American Idol" television show, Tuesday May 9, 2006 in Los Angeles. Daughtry became the latest contestant to be voted off the show Wednesday May 10, 2006.
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Calling all future Taylor Hicks, Kelly Clarksons and Ruben Studdards:

"American Idol" wants you.

Auditions for the sixth edition of the hit TV talent show will begin in August and cover a total of seven cities. The tryouts are held in large arenas and typically draw thousands of hopefuls.

Highlights of the auditions — and the low points — are aired during the first few episodes of each season. The worst and the weirdest of the tryouts have become so popular that Fox has compiled them onto their own DVD "American Idol: The Worst of Seasons 1 - 4."

The audtions begin August 8 at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Tryouts will also be held over the following five weeks as follows:

  • Aug. 11 - San Antonio - Alamodome
  • Aug. 14 - East Rutherford, N.J. - Continental Airlines Arena
  • Aug. 21 - Birmingham, Ala. - BJCC
  • Sept. 3 - Memphis, Tenn. - FedEx Forum
  • Sept. 8 - Minneapolis - Target Center
  • Sept. 19 - Seattle - Key Arena

Contestants must be between 16 and 28 and eligible to work in the United States.