Local "American Idol" hopefuls have two chances to follow their dreams this month. You can attend the big Idol casting call in the Atlanta area on July 26, or you can compete in a July 27 Columbus contest that will send its winner to the Idol auditions in Omaha, Neb.
First, the auditions in the Atlanta area:
This event will be held at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway No. 100, in Duluth, Ga. Registration day is July 25 and audition day is July 26. This is the big "cattle call" audition you typically see on TV.
Remember, you won't actually sing in front of the TV judges during this phase of the competition. (Which works well, since we don't have much of a judges' panel at this point.) You'll likely sing in front of someone best described as an "insider." You'll have to advance to another round if you want to meet the celebrity judges.
You can read the official rules for the Atlanta auditions here. Something important: To audition, you must be born on or between May 17, 1984 and May 16, 1998.
Now, the Columbus competition:
Fox54 will present the July 27 event, scheduled to be held in downtown Columbus. It's an all-day process that begins at 1 p.m., according to organizers.
The grand prize winner gets a trip to "Idol" auditions in Omaha, Neb., where he/she will have a guaranteed audition in front of an "Idol" producer. The Omaha auditions are Aug. 11.
You'll sign up near Broadway and 11th Street. Contestants will be screened that day, then narrowed to a maximum of 30 finalists. Those singers will perform for an audience and judges beginning at 5 p.m. Organizers note, "We have a special opportunity for the audience to choose the winner, so bring all your fans!"
The contest is open to Georgia and Alabama residents who reside in one of these counties within the station's viewing area: Harris, Muscogee, Chattahoochee, Stewart, Quitman, Clay, Randolph, Webster, Sumter, Marion, Schley, Taylor, Talbot, Chambers, Lee, Russell, and Barbour.
To audition, you must be born on or between May 17, 1984 and May 16, 1998. Get more details here.