American Idol begins first-ever online auditions through MySpace
Consider these two facts: one of the most consistent criticisms of American Idol last season was it's contestants. And NBC's America's Got Talent found several of its most compelling and successful acts this year came from online auditioners.
So it's a bit of a no-brainer that American Idol would come up with a way hopefuls could audition online for its most crucial season ever.
Starting today, aspiring singers aged 15 to 28 can submit videos at www.myspace.com/americanidol. Yes, there are many cooler online platforms, but none of them is owned by Idol network owner News Corp.
Auditions have to be acapella and 40 seconds in length, with one submission per person. There is, of course, a list of approved songs and lots more rules, which you can see at the show's MySpace site. Given how badly the show needs new access to better talent, this may be the best move the show has made since star judge Simon Cowell first revealed he was leaving the show.
Deadline for submissions is Oct. 6, so get cracking. And don't forget: This is how Justin Bieber got started.
Click below to see Idol's full press release:
FIRST-EVER “AMERICAN IDOL” ONLINE AUDITIONS BEGIN TODAY EXCLUSIVELY ON MYSPACE
In celebration of AMERICAN IDOL’s 10th anniversary season, the No. 1 show on television is offering aspiring singers an additional opportunity to have their voices heard. 19 Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America and FOX have partnered with MySpace to revolutionize the show’s audition process. Beginning today through October 6, hopefuls between the ages of 15 and 28 (as of July 15, 2010) will have the opportunity to submit an audition video exclusively on MySpace at www.myspace.com/americanidol.
Entrants should demonstrate their stellar singing ability by performing one of the songs from the approved list a cappella. Videos are limited to 40 seconds in length, and are limited to one submission per person. Auditions will be judged in a similar fashion to the live audition cities and a select number will advance to the next round of callbacks in Los Angeles. Visit www.myspace.com/americanidol for more information, the song list and the full terms and conditions of the video submission process. Fans will be able to share the videos across various networks and watch highlights in a special gallery on the MySpace page.
“AMERICAN IDOL has established itself as the largest stage to find and elevate new artists,” said Courtney Holt, MySpace Music President. “Marrying this year’s auditions with MySpace, a platform renowned for discovering new talent, allows the show to broaden its reach online in the search for Season 10 hopefuls.”
AMERICAN IDOL is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, Founder, 19 Entertainment; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America; Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America; and Nigel Lythgoe, President, Big Red 2 Entertainment.
MySpace is a technology company connecting people through personal expression, content and culture. MySpace empowers its global community to experience the Internet through a social lens by integrating personal profiles, photos, videos, mobile, messaging, games and the world’s largest music community. MySpace is a division of News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSL).