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Here’s what you need to know to be ready for the Wichita auditions on Wed., Sept. 4 

On Wed., Sept. 4, “American Idol,” the popular singing competition will be in Wichita for open call auditions. Here’s your chance to become a star, and you don’t have to travel very far.

So far, the exact location and time for the auditions hasn’t been announced, but there’s a lot of details about the process available. If we were to bet, we’d gamble on the auditions being at Intrust Bank Arena, but Century II and WSU Koch Arena are other good possibilities.

It is currently anticipated that auditions will start promptly at 9 a.m. and end no later than 5 p.m. Auditions will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, so arrive “way” early for a sure shot.

Registration will be available on site, but why wait. Go online and register in advance at www.americanidol.com/auditions. Plus, there’s lots of additional information to help you understand the process. However, we’ll give some of the highlights here. Also, while you’re there, download the American Idol mobile app to stay updated with event times and locations.

Are You Eligible to Audition?

Get familiar with the eligibility requirements. First, you must be between the ages of 15 and 29. To be exact, you must be born between June 2, 1990, and June 1, 2004. Not in that window? Don’t bother to show up.

You must be a legal U.S. resident with right-to-work documents. Note that’s not a request for proof of citizenship but those who are not citizens must prove they have an unrestricted right to work and be able to show they have the proper employment authorization and papers.

To accept an invite to the competition portion of season 18 of American Idol, which is scheduled to start in December 2019, you must disclose any and all contractual agreements you’ve entered into that may prohibit your full participation. The producers of the show may ask you to enter into an exclusive recording contract, a merchandising contract, a live and/or global touring agreement, a music publishing or songwriting agreement and an exclusive management contract.

If in fact, you are currently under contract and are chosen to compete – you must provide proof that it began before your audition in front of the program judges. Also, you must agree not to extend the term of said contract.

Bad news for them, but probably good for the rest of us: Anyone who competed in any previous season of American Idol, and advanced to the Top 10 cannot compete again.

Finally, if someone in your immediate family or household is employed by the show – you’re out.

This is What You Should Bring to the Audition

You must bring a valid form of ID that shows proof of your age and a photograph of yourself to the audition. No one else can be in the photo with you. With your photo, attach a copy of a filled-out “story form.” In addition, you’ll need a signed “personal release” form that will allow you to be televised. Both documents can be found on the pre-registration website.

Every participant is allowed to bring one friend or family member with them to the audition, but in order for that person to wait with you, that person must arrive with you and be present with you when you initially visit the registration line. Both you and your guest will receive a wrist band and seat ticket.

You’ll need to secure childcare in advance for children 5 and under, as they won’t be allowed at the audition site.

If you are under 18, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times while on location for auditions. If your parent or legal guardian is not available that day, one can be appointed. A notarized guardianship and medical authorization for minors form can be printed out. A link to the documents are located at the pre-registration site. An appointed legal guardian must be 21 or older.

Each person attending the open-call auditions MUST sign a “personal release,” this includes registrants and accompanied guests. This document can be accessed on-site, but there will be a limited quantity.

The general audition requirements state that no one auditioning should wear any article of clothing or bring any items that have designer names, sports team logos, copyrighted images, celebrity names or faces (living or dead), cartoon character images, or inappropriate messages or words.

You should prepare two to three song choices. You may be asked to sing while waiting in line, so be ready. Use of musical instruments is allowed.

General Advice for Good Measure

It is important that you keep your energy level up throughout the process, so make sure to eat before you arrive and bring bottled water for hydration. Concessions may be available on-site but it’s best to be prepared.

Be courteous to other people waiting in line. Cutting in front of others will not be tolerated. If it’s discovered that a registrant cut in front of someone, they will be removed from the audition process.

With all these rules and stipulations, don’t forget to have fun! Make this audition count, and be prepared to accept an invite to Hollywood.

The Community Voice will keep you updated on new information released about location, time and any other details that surface for this Sept. 4 open-call audition. And we can’t wait to see our local and regional folks during the airing of the Wichita audition show.

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