Local singers looking for "American Idol" fame will have to travel outside their comfort zones this year. Literally.
Audition cities for the eighth season of the reality TV show have been announced, and while producers traveled to Atlanta last year, it's not included this time. Still want to try out? Here are your options:
Thursday, July 17San Francisco, Calif.The Cow Palace
Monday, July 21Louisville, Ky.Freedom Hall
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Friday, July 25Phoenix, Ariz.Jobing.com Arena
Tuesday, July 29Salt Lake City, UtahEnergySolutions Arena
Saturday, August 2San Juan, Puerto RicoColiseo de Puerto Rico
Friday, August 8 Kansas City, Mo.Sprint Center
Wednesday, August 13Jacksonville, Fla.Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Tuesday, August 19East Rutherford, N.J.IZOD Center at the Meadowlands
The announcement also marks the return of the "American Idol" blog at www.ledger-enquirer.com. Be sure to check the blog daily for updates on former contestants as well as the upcoming season.