American Idol: No Atlanta auditions this year

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

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.