For the first time ever, ‘American Idol’ will allow contestants to audition for the show online, it’s been announced by show producers 19 Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America and Fox Broadcasting.
According to the release, "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."
MySpace, like Fox, is owned by News Corp.
Furthermore, the announcement states, "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. … Fans will be able to share the videos across various networks and watch highlights in a special gallery on the MySpace page."
Finally, on one of the MySpace "Idol" pages a few recording do’s and don’ts are listed:
– Do choose a song from our approved list
– Do state the title of the song
– Do sing a capella
– Do keep your videos to 40 seconds or less
– Do not use accompanying music or instruments
– Do not wear any logos or show brand/product in your video
*You will not be able to re-record your audition after you submit