‘American Idol’ to host virtual auditions during coronavirus pandemic

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“American Idol” becomes virtual.

The reality TV singing contest continues with auditions despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, ABC reported on Friday.

During the “Idol Across America” tour scheduled for August 10, Hollywood hopefuls will have the opportunity to present their best performances on one of the official audition dates available.

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The notice says contestants will still have their face-to-face interactions with the producers of “Idol”, albeit in digital form.

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The network said the new format will stay “true to its roots by providing aspiring Idols with real-time feedback on their journey to being crowned the next ‘American Idol.’

The schedule was forced to rotate last season during live broadcasts when the pandemic hit and they did so fairly seamlessly, given the circumstances, virtually ending the season with Just Sam winning the crown.

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The home final helped ABC to rank as the No.1 network on this Sunday night in May, winning the coveted 18-49 demo and drawing nearly 7.3 million live total viewers, according to Variety.

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A full list of official audition dates (subject to change) is as follows:

Delaware, Florida and Ohio (August 10)
Louisiana, Missouri and Wisconsin (August 12)
Arizona, Oregon and Washington (August 14)
Georgia, Maryland, Washington DC and Rhode Island (August 16)
Open call hearings (August 17)
Alabama, Arkansas and Kansas (August 18)
Idaho, New Mexico and Utah (August 20)
Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas (August 22)
Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia (August 24)
Open call hearings (August 25)
Iowa, Mississippi and Oklahoma (August 26)
Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota (August 28)
Connecticut, New Jersey and New York (August 30)
Colorado, Montana, Nevada et Wyoming (1er septembre)
Maine, South Carolina and West Virginia (September 3)
Alaska, California and Hawaii (September 5)
Kentucky, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania (September 7)
Massachusetts, North Carolina and Vermont (September 9)

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