We already told you How to audition to Shark Tank, and how to audition to So You Think You can Dance. We also checked out how to audition for American Idol Season 9.
Now it´s time to check out Rules and Requirements to audition for American Idol Season 9.
Rules and Requirements to audition for American Idol Season 9
REGISTRATION AND AUDITION RULES
You must be able to prove at the time of your registration and audition that:
· You are a legal U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. resident who is eligible to work full-time in the United
· You are 16 to 28 years old on June 12, 2009 (which means you must be born on or between June 13,
1980 and June 12, 1993). If you were born before or after this window, you are not eligible to
participate this season.
You are ineligible to participate if you progressed in any previous season of American Idol® to any of the
· Season 1 – top 30 contestants
· Season 2 – top 32 contestants
· Season 3 – top 36 contestants
· Season 4 – top 44 contestants
· Season 5 – top 44 contestants
· Season 6 – top 40 contestants
· Season 7 – top 24 contestants
· Season 8 – top 36 contestants
If you are asked to audition for one (1) or more of the semi-final rounds of the competition (currently
scheduled for January 2010), you MUST be able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of Producer at that time
that you do not have any of the following agreements in effect (written or oral):
· a contract for talent representation (for example, a talent agent or manager);
· a music recording contract;
· an agreement relating to the use of your name, voice and/or likeness;
· an exclusive acting contract; or
· any other contractual arrangement that would prohibit you from fully participating in the show and/or
entering into any contracts required by Producer, including an exclusive management contract,
recording contract and merchandising contract.
Neither you nor any of your immediate family members (spouse, ex-spouse, parents, siblings, children,
step-children) or members of your household (whether or not related to you) are current employees, directors,
officers, independent contractors, agents, or representatives of 19 Recordings Limited, 19
Merchandising Limited, 19 Management Limited, or 19 TV Limited (collectively, the “19 Companies”), Fox
Broadcasting Company, Fox Digital Media, American Idol Productions, Inc., CKX, Inc., FremantleMedia
North America, Inc., Sony Music Entertainment, Telescope Inc., www.fox.com, www.americanidol.com,
or their respective parents, subsidiaries or affiliated companies, or any of their respective licensees,
successors or assigns; CBS Television City Studios or any other person or entity connected with the
production, administration or judging of the auditions or the Program; any television station or channel, cable
network, or satellite network that may air or otherwise exhibit the Program or any variation thereof; any person
or entity involved in the development, production, distribution, or other exploitation of the Program or any
variation thereof; any sponsor of the Program (including, but not limited to Coca-Cola, AT&T Mobility,
LLC, Ford Motor Company or Apple Inc.) or its or their advertising agency; or any person or entity supplying
services or prizes to the Program. In addition, to the best of your knowledge, you do not know anyone who is
now, or has been in the past two (2) years an employee or independent contractor of any of the entities
described in this paragraph. Producer reserves the right to remove from the Program any person (including
you) it determines, in its sole discretion, is sufficiently connected with the Program or any of the entities
described in this paragraph such that such person’s participation in the Program could create the
appearance of impropriety.
THE REGISTRATION PROCESS
When to Line Up for Registration: It is currently anticipated that registration will begin TWO days prior to the
audition day in each city (see the Tentative Schedule below). You should come to the venue and register during
designated times on either of the two registration days prior to the audition day. It may also be possible to
register EARLY on the morning of the audition day; however, if you wait until the audition day to register, you will
be one of the last people to register and we may run out of space and/or time to accommodate you. You should
therefore register as early as possible on one of the two designated registration days for your city. THERE
WILL BE NO OVERNIGHT CAMPING ALLOWED INSIDE OR OUTSIDE ANY OF THE VENUES. All
information concerning registration and audition locations, dates and times is tentative at this time. Continue to
check our website DAILY at www.americanidol.com for the most up-to-date registration and audition schedule
Locations, Dates and Time: It is anticipated that registration will start no later than 8:00 a.m. on the first
registration day in each city and will continue until the early morning of the actual audition day. Continue to
check our website at www.americanidol.com DAILY for up-to-date registration times and other information.
Tentative audition cities are listed below. THESE LOCATIONS, DATES AND TIMES ARE ALL SUBJECT TO
What to Bring to Registration: You MUST bring two forms of ID to registration day that show proof of your
age and a photograph (for example, a birth certificate and driver’s license or a birth certificate and a passport or
a birth certificate and a school ID card). After showing proper ID, you will be given a wristband and a seat ticket
(provided there are still some available for that venue). You will be allowed to have one (1) person accompany
you to the audition; however, THAT PERSON MUST ALSO BE PRESENT WITH YOU DURING
REGISTRATION SO THAT WE CAN ISSUE THEM A SEAT TICKET AND WRISTBAND. NO CHILDREN
UNDER 5 YEARS OF AGE WILL BE ALLOWED AT THE AUDITION VENUES.
Contestants Under 18 Years of Age: If you will be under 18 years of age on the day you register and/or
audition, your parent and/or legal guardian MUST accompany you to the registration and audition. In addition,
your parent or legal guardian must bring a government-issued photo ID (for example, a driver’s license or
passport). If you are accompanied by a legal guardian, as opposed to a parent, your legal guardian must bring
proof of guardianship (for example, a court order). If your parent or legal guardian is not available to accompany
you to the registration and audition, your parent or legal guardian may appoint a guardian to accompany you to
the registration and audition process. YOUR APPOINTED GUARDIAN MUST BE AT LEAST 21 YEARS OF
AGE AND MUST ACCOMPANY YOU TO THE VENUE FOR THE REGISTRATION AND AUDITION DAYS. In
order to appoint a guardian, your parent or legal guardian must complete, sign and have NOTARIZED the
attached Guardian and Medical Authorization for Minors form. You MUST bring the signed and notarized form
to registration with you, along with your appointed guardian. Your parent or legal guardian must also sign and
have NOTARIZED the attached Release. You MUST bring the signed and notarized Release with you to the
audition, along with your appointed guardian. Your appointed guardian must also bring a government-issued
photo ID (for example, a driver’s license or passport) to registration and the audition.
Wristband Rules: It is currently anticipated that wristbands, or some other form of identification, will be handed
out to those people chosen by the producer to continue in the audition process. In order to be admitted to the
venue on audition day, you MUST receive a wristband and seat ticket from the producer. IF YOU RECEIVE A
WRISTBAND FROM THE PRODUCERS DURING THE REGISTRATION PROCESS, YOU MUST NOT
REMOVE THE WRISTBAND PRIOR TO YOUR AUDITION. IN ADDITION, YOU MUST NOT GIVE THE
WRISTBAND TO ANOTHER PERSON OR ACCEPT A WRISTBAND FROM SOMEONE OTHER THAN THE
PRODUCTION STAFF. IF IT IS FOUND THAT YOU RECEIVED YOUR WRISTBAND FROM SOMEONE
OTHER THAN THE PRODUCTION STAFF, OR THAT YOUR WRISTBAND HAS BEEN TAMPERED WITH IN
ANY MANNER, YOU WILL BE IMMEDIATELY DISQUALIFIED FROM THE AUDITION PROCESS
City Venue Registration
Day 2 Audition Day
Boston, Massachusetts Gillette Stadium June 12, 2009 June 13, 2009 June 14, 2009
Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Dome June 16, 2009 June 17, 2009 June 18, 2009
Chicago, Illinois United Center June 20, 2009 June 21, 2009 June 22, 2009
Dallas, Texas Cowboys Stadium
June 24, 2009 June 25, 2009 June 26, 2009
Los Angeles, California Rose Bowl (Pasadena) June 28, 2009 June 29, 2009 June 30, 2009
Orlando, Florida Amway Arena July 7, 2009 July 8, 2009 July 9, 2009
Denver, Colorado INVESCO Field at Mile
July 12, 2009 July 13, 2009 July 14, 2009
ALL CITIES, VENUES AND DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
THE AUDITION PROCESS
When to Line Up for Auditions: It is anticipated that auditions will start no later than 8:00 a.m. on the audition
day in each city. Even if you are in line before 8:00 a.m., producer cannot guarantee that you will be seen for an
audition. Some venues may prevent people from lining up before 5:00 a.m., so you must continue to check our
website at www.americanidol.com DAILY for the most up-to-date audition schedule and information. ALL
INFORMATION CONCERNING THE AUDITIONS IS TENTATIVE AT THIS TIME. Audition cities, dates and/or
times may change. If the past seven seasons are any indication, we are expecting a huge turnout in each city.
You should therefore plan on arriving as early as allowed at your audition venue. Keep in mind that there is no
guarantee that you will be seen for an audition regardless of whether or not you have a wristband and/or seat
ticket. THERE WILL BE NO OVERNIGHT CAMPING INSIDE OR OUTSIDE ANY OF THE VENUES.
What to Bring to the Auditions:
Wristband and Seat Ticket: You must NOT remove the wristband issued to you on registration day. You
must bring the wristband and seat ticket with you to the audition.
Identification: Bring the same two forms of identification that you brought with you to the registration day
(for example, a birth certificate and driver’s license or a birth certificate and a passport or a birth certificate
and a school ID card).
Proof of Citizenship/Residency: If your birth certificate was not issued in the United States, you must
bring proof of citizenship and/or permanent U.S. residency.
Release: Print out and sign the Release form provided at www.americanidol.com. This Release form will
only be available in a limited supply at the audition venues, so please bring the signed form with you to the
audition if at all possible. If you are under 18 years of age and you are accompanied by a guardian
appointed by your parent or legal guardian who does not have authority to sign on your behalf, you MUST
bring the Release signed and NOTARIZED by your parent or legal guardian.
Under 18: If you are under 18 years of age, you must be accompanied to the registration and audition by
your parent or legal guardian. Your parent or legal guardian must bring a government-issued photo ID (for
example, a driver’s license or passport). In addition, if you are accompanied by a legal guardian (as
opposed to a parent), your legal guardian must bring proof of guardianship (for example, a court order) or
you will not be able to audition. Your parent or legal guardian must have the authority to sign legal
documents on your behalf, including the Release form on the website (which should be signed by you and
your parent or legal guardian). If your parent or legal guardian is not available to accompany you to the
registration and audition, your parent or legal guardian may appoint a guardian to accompany you to these
events. YOUR APPOINTED GUARDIAN MUST BE AT LEAST 21 YEARS OF AGE AND MUST
ACCOMPANY YOU TO THE VENUE FOR THE REGISTRATION AND AUDITION DAYS. In order to
appoint a guardian, your parent or legal guardian must complete, sign and have NOTARIZED the
Guardian and Medical Authorization for Minors form at the website. You MUST bring the signed and
notarized form to registration, along with your appointed guardian. In addition, you must bring the
Release signed and NOTARIZED by your parent or legal guardian. Unless your appointed guardian has
evidence of his or her authority to sign on your behalf, your appointed guardian MAY NOT sign the
Release on your behalf. The person who accompanies you to the audition (your parent or guardian)
MUST sign a separate release form on their own behalf and bring their own photo ID (for example, a
driver’s license or passport).
NO CHILDREN UNDER 5 YEARS OF AGE WILL BE ALLOWED AT THE AUDITION VENUES.
What to Wear to the Auditions: Please do not wear any clothing or bring any items that have designer names,
corporate or sports team names or logos, copyrighted images, celebrity names or images (living or dead),
cartoon character images or inappropriate messages or words (for example, profanity). If you do wear such
clothing, you may be required to remove it, turn it inside out or put on additional clothing to cover it. If you have
any tattoos that contain any corporate or sports names or logos, copyrighted images, celebrity names or
images (living or dead), cartoon character images or inappropriate message or words (for example, profanity),
please cover the tattoo for your audition.
What to Sing at the Auditions: Be prepared to sing a cappella (without music or instrumental
accompaniment), a song of your choice. You should be prepared to sing at least two or possibly three songs. If
you are called back for the first recall, you may be asked again to sing two songs a cappella, one of which may
or may not be from a list that will be provided to you by the producer at that time. The other song, if requested
by producer, may be a song of your choice. All rules and procedures are subject to change at producer’s sole
and absolute discretion.
Rules In Line: You MUST be in line by 8:00 a.m. on the actual audition day in your city. Even if you are in line
by 8:00 a.m., there is no guarantee that you will be seen for an audition. However, keep in mind that you may
not be able to start lining up until after 5:00 a.m., depending on the location of the audition. Continue to check
our website at www.americanidol.com DAILY for the most up-to-date audition schedule and line-up information.
Producers reserve the right to audition people out of order of their place in line. Due to space limitations, ONLY
ONE FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER in addition to the person being auditioned will be admitted into the venue
in each city where auditions are taking place, and that person will only be allowed if they accompanied you to
the registration day and obtained a wristband and seat ticket. NO CHILDREN UNDER 5 YEARS OF AGE
WILL BE ALLOWED AT THE AUDITION VENUES. PLEASE BE COURTEOUS TO OTHER PEOPLE IN LINE.
DO NOT CUT IN LINE. IF WE DISCOVER THAT YOU HAVE CUT IN FRONT OF ANOTHER PERSON IN
LINE, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE AUDITION PROCESS. Also, you may not hold a place in line
for another person for an extended period of time.
Wristbands. You will be able to start the wristband and ticketing process during the registration days,
which will occur two days before the actual audition day in most cities. Please continue to check our
website at www.americanidol.com DAILY for specific information pertaining to the venue where you plan to
Paperwork: In order to participate in the auditions, you will be required to fill out, sign and agree to all of the
terms and conditions of producer’s required forms. Some of the forms will be available on our website at
www.americanidol.com. Your family and/or guests should also be prepared to sign releases concerning the
possible taping and/or recording of their name, likeness, voice, conversation, etc. If you advance in the
competition, you will be required by the producer to fill out, sign and agree to all of the terms and conditions of
additional forms, including a talent management contract, recording contract and/or merchandising contract.
You (and your parents and/or legal guardians in the case of contestants under 18 years of age) may also be
subject to a thorough background investigation and other examinations, at producer’s discretion. If you are
under 18 years of age, both you and your parent or legal guardian must sign each of the forms and cooperate in
having the forms court approved, if and when requested by producer. If you are under 18 years of age and you
are accompanied to the audition by a guardian appointed by your parent or legal guardian, you must have the
release signed and NOTARIZED by your parent or legal guardian with authority to sign on your behalf, and bring
the signed and notarized Release with you to the audition. ALL FORMS MUST BE FILLED OUT
COMPLETELY AND TRUTHFULLY. IF YOU FAIL TO COMPLETE ANY FORM, GIVE ANY FALSE
INFORMATION, OR FAIL TO REVEAL ANY PERTINENT INFORMATION, YOU MAY BE DISQUALIFIED
FROM THE AUDITION PROCESS.
Disqualifications: We reserve the right to disqualify and/or exclude, in our sole and absolute discretion, any
individual from any of the auditions for any reason or for no reason at all, including without limitation, violation of
any portion of these rules, or tampering with the entry process or the audition process. We also reserve the right
to change the rules and procedures at any time. Being chosen to audition and/or compete at any level in the
process does NOT ensure that you will be selected to continue to the next stage.
Important Suggestion for Day of Registration and Audition: Please be sure to eat something prior to
coming to the registration and auditions. While concessions may be available inside the venues, it is important
to eat before you get in line in order to keep your energy level up. Remember, breakfast is the most important
meal of the day and this could be the most important audition of your life!
By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these rules and the decisions of the producer, the voting
audience, and the panel of judges, which shall be final and binding. Your presence at the auditions, and the
presence of your friends, family members, and anyone else accompanying you, constitutes your and their
consent and agreement to the recording and use of your and their performance, appearance, name, voice,
singing voice, likeness and any musical or sound effects produced by you and/or them for use in connection
with any television program, motion picture, wireless/mobile device, or the Internet for all purposes (including
advertising, marketing, promotion, merchandising and the exploitation of any and all ancillary and subsidiary
rights), as the same may be edited, in all media now known or hereafter created, throughout the universe, in
perpetuity for no compensation, unless otherwise required by law. IF YOU AND/OR YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY
MEMBERS, OR ANYONE ELSE ACCOMPANYING YOU TO THE AUDITION, DO NOT WISH TO BE
PHOTOGRAPHED, OR DO NOT AGREE WITH THESE TERMS, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE
AUDITIONS AND DO NOT ENTER THE VENUE WHERE THE AUDITIONS ARE TAKING PLACE. Your
and/or their attendance at the audition event will be conclusively deemed to be a waiver of any and all claims for
invasion of privacy, defamation, etc. All federal, state and local laws apply. Audition dates and locations are
subject to change. Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Digital Media, American Idol Productions, Inc.,
FremantleMedia North America, Inc., 19 TV Ltd., CKX, Inc., AT&T Mobility, LLC, Telescope, Inc., Coca-Cola,
Ford Motor Company, Apple Inc., Sony Music Entertainment, www.fox.com, www.americanidol.com, production
personnel for the television program, participating television stations, advertising agencies or any person or
entity connected with the production, administration or judging of the auditions or the program, or any of their
respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, successors and assigns, and the respective officers,
directors, employees, agents, contractors, partners, shareholders, attorneys, representatives and members of
each of the foregoing entities are not responsible for and shall not be liable for: i) any failure of transportation,
bad directions, or the inability, for any reason, of any person to appear at an audition site or to audition or
appear before the judging panels; ii) any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by traveling to or from
the audition venues, being present at the audition venues, participating in the auditioning process or being
selected to or disqualified from continuing in the auditioning process and/or the show; or iii) any printing,
typographical or technological errors in any materials associated with the auditioning process. NO WEAPONS,
ALCOHOL, OR NON-PRESCRIPTION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES WILL BE PERMITTED AT ANY
AUDITION OR DURING THE COMPETITION.
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