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August 19, 2012

‘American Idol’ will hold Joplin auditions Wednesday

JOPLIN, Mo. — Are you the next American Idol?

If you think you might be, you will want to head to Joplin’s Landreth Park on Wednesday, when the “American Idol” Small Town Bus Tour will conduct auditions for the upcoming 12th season of the popular reality singing competition.

The announcement was made Sunday by the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau and “American Idol.”

Contestants must be between the ages of 15 and 28; anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children younger than 5 will not be allowed on site.

Auditions will be conducted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday. Contestants will not be allowed to begin lining up until 8 a.m. that day, and no preregistration is available, according to production guidelines.

Auditions will take place in front of the show’s producers; none of the celebrity judges — singer Mariah Carey was confirmed last month as one of them — will be in Joplin.

Auditions will take place in three phases. The contestant’s age will first be verified, and then the contestant begins the audition itself. If the contestant is selected to move to the next round of competition, he or she must fill out some paperwork to participate in future shows, according to production guidelines. Playing a musical instrument will not be allowed during the auditions.

Overnight parking and camping in Landreth Park will not be allowed, nor will parking be allowed along Murphy Boulevard or any side streets, according to the city. Participants should park on the east side of the park by following Landreth Avenue to the grassy hill, where parking is typically available for other events such as Boomtown Days and July Fourth celebrations.

The bus tour — the first of this kind for the show — is holding auditions in 10 small cities across the country. Auditions already have been held in Idaho Falls, Idaho; Billings, Mont.; Casper, Wyo.; Rock Rapids and Iowa City, Iowa; Bowling Green, Ky.; and Clarksdale, Miss. The remaining two cities on the tour will be announced three days before auditions are scheduled to take place.

“American Idol,” which airs on Fox, is hosted by Ryan Seacrest and has featured a number of celebrity judges, including Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.

The show has produced several popular singers, including Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, who both won their seasons. Joplin native Asia’h Epperson was a semifinalist on the show’s seventh season in 2008.


Complete details about auditioning for “American Idol” can be found under the “Small Town Bus Tour” tab at

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