American Idol 2023 Virtual auditions locations and dates

American Idol 2023 Virtual auditions

American Idol 2023 (Season 21) Virtual auditions locations and dates have been finally revealed.

American Idol Virtual Auditions

American Idol virtual auditions for season 21 are going to be held across America and are beginning in August.

The virtual auditions are part of the “Idol Across America” program, a live virtual nationwide search in all 50 states.

Singers have to sign up first and reserve a time slot for a live virtual audition, face-to-face in front of American Idol producers via Zoom.

The singers will definitely receive real-time feedback from American Idol producers for a chance at making American Idol history and being crowned the next winner.

How to sign up for American Idol 2023

You can register online prior to the day of your Virtual Audition by accessing the American Idol online audition platform at: SIGN UP HERE

This pre-registration process will be open approximately one (1) week before the first Virtual Audition.

Please follow all of the instructions provided on the website to make sure you registered properly.

If you registered online successfully, you will receive an e-mail confirmation containing a Zoom Meeting link (the “Virtual Audition Link”) and confirmation of the date and time for your Virtual Audition.

Each link will be unique to the applicable date and time for which you have registered.

Virtual Audition dates will be split up into sets of states.

You may ONLY attend ONE (1) Virtual Audition per each set of states (e.g., you may only register once for the Delaware, Florida and Ohio group of states).

You may, however, register for more than one (1) registration date. If you register for more than one (1) Virtual Audition, you will receive a separate Virtual Audition Link specific to each applicable audition.

You do not need to be a resident of or physically present in the location for which you choose to register.

Only those who have successfully registered and received a Virtual Audition Link will be permitted into the Virtual Audition room.

You do not need a Zoom account in order to register or participate in Virtual Auditions if you are using a laptop or desktop computer.

An account is only required if using a mobile phone or tablet.

To sign up for a Zoom account, you will need to download the Zoom software from and agree to the Zoom Terms and Conditions.

You may sign up for the free version of the Zoom account but data rates may apply to the download and use of the software during your audition.

If you are under 18 years old, a parent or legal guardian must download the Zoom software and, if required, register for an account.

Day of Virtual Audition Registration

You may also register on the day of the Virtual Audition.

If you choose to register on the day of your Virtual Audition, a day of registration link will be posted via the American Idol mobile app and official Twitter and Instagram accounts: @americanidol.

You must complete all online registration information and documents prior to being admitted into the Virtual Audition waiting room for your audition.

Remember, if you wait until late in the day you will be one of the last people and we may run out of space or time to accommodate you.

Once you have checked in/registered, you will be queued in a Virtual Audition waiting room, where you will wait your turn to audition.

A producer will admit you into your Virtual Audition room when it is your turn to audition.

General Notes About Registration

Registration does NOT guarantee you the opportunity to audition.

All information concerning registration and Virtual Audition locations, dates and times is tentative at this time.

Continue to check the American Idol mobile app for the most up-to-date registration times and other important information and to see if there is any new information.

There will be updated information for each audition date as we get closer to the audition date for that location.

Tentative audition locations are listed below.

All Locations, Dates and Times are all subject to change.

You will not be admitted to a Virtual Audition waiting room, prior to your scheduled time.

Personal Release

Each individual auditioning for American Idol is required to sign a Personal Release prior to his or her audition.

You can obtain the Personal Release form from the following link: American Idol Digital Casting Website.

You must submit the completed and SIGNED Personal Release BEFORE you will be admitted into your Virtual Audition.

If you are a minor, you and your parent or legal guardian MUST sign the Personal Release form as well.

If you attend the Virtual Audition with an appointed guardian who does not have the authority to sign on your behalf, you MUST have the Personal Release signed by your parents and/or legal guardians and provide it to Producer prior to the audition.

Auditioners Under 18 Years of Age

If you are under 18 years of age on the day of your auditions, a parent and/or legal guardian MUST be present for your Virtual Audition.


Producers reserve the right to 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 terms and conditions, or tampering with the application process or the audition process.

American Idol producers also reserve the right to change the terms and conditions 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.

American Idol 2023 Audition Locations and Dates

First 500 VIP Event3 August 2022
Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina5 August 2022
Florida, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia8 August 2022
Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas10 August 2022
Connecticut, New Jersey, New York12 August 2022
Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi15 August 2022
Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee17 August 2022
Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Washington19 August 2022
Open Call: Nationwide22 August 2022
Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin24 August 2022
Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming26 August 2022
Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C.29 August 2022
Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont31 August 2022
Open Call: The South7 September 2022
Open Call: East Coast9 September 2022
Open Call: West and Midwest2 September 2022
Open Call: Nationwide14 September 2022
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NOTE: All locations and dates are subject to change

Audition Process and Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a Zoom account to participate?

You will need to download the Zoom app (, Apple App Store or Google Play Store) and set up a free account on any of the following devices:

● Mobile phone
● Tablet

You do not need to download the Zoom app when using the following devices (but it is highly recommended):

● Laptop computer
● Desktop computer

If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian should download and register for Zoom, if necessary.

What equipment do I need to participate?

You will need a computer, phone or tablet with an internet connection capable of running the Zoom software.

Data rates may apply for downloading and using Zoom, including the duration of your audition and any waiting time on your Virtual Audition date.

Will my audition be recorded?

Yes! All auditions are recorded and may be used in any manner, like promoting American Idol on the show website, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok accounts, or in the show itself.

When should I click my Virtual Audition Link for my audition?

When you register for a Virtual Audition, you will select an audition location and window of time.

If all time windows for a date have been filled, you may select just the date, which means you need to remain available during all Virtual Audition windows that day.

You can click the Virtual Audition Link at the start of your Virtual Audition time window if you registered for a time window that day.

If you did not register for a time window, you should click the link as early as the beginning of the Virtual Audition day.

You will then be in an online waiting room until you are admitted into the Virtual Audition room, where you will see one (1) or more producers for whom you will audition.

Keep in mind that there is no guarantee that you will be admitted for a Virtual Audition room regardless of whether or not you have registered. Producers reserve the right to audition people out of order of their scheduled time.

How long will I have to wait until it is my turn to audition?

Producer will do their best to get to each auditioner during their scheduled time slot, but you should plan to keep the entire day open in case of technical issues or other delays.

What should I wear for my audition?

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.

Where should I set up for my Virtual Audition?

While it is not required, for the health and safety of all auditioners, we ask that you audition from your home, in a room of your choice, or in your own backyard, but preferably where you have a strong internet connection.

Please be sure you have removed any artwork, photos, or other decorations from the walls in the background so they are not seen on camera.

No matter the location you select for your Virtual Audition please be sure you are following all local orders, regulations and restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What should I sing at the auditions?

Be prepared to sing a song of your choice either a cappella (without music) or with your own instrumental accompaniment (e.g., a guitar).

You should be prepared to sing at least two or possibly three songs.

If you are called back to audition further, 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.

Will I be singing for the celebrity American Idol Judges?

You will NOT be singing for our American Idol celebrity judges for this round of auditions.

This audition is with one or more of our American Idol Producers.

What happens after my Virtual Audition?

After you sing you will be given feedback by the producers.

Regardless of the feedback, you may not find out if you are advancing to the step of the audition process until a later time.

After the producers have provided you with feedback, your Virtual Audition will be concluded and you should select “Leave Meeting” and close your Virtual Audition.

Will everyone with a Virtual Audition Link have the opportunity to audition?

This will depend on how many people “show up” for the Virtual Auditions.

Although we would love to audition everyone who registers, it may be impossible given time constraints built into our schedule.

There is no guarantee that everyone who registers and signs into a Virtual Audition waiting room will be given the opportunity to audition.

If time is running short, Producer may select people to audition (regardless of their scheduled audition window) based on performing ability, style, personality and other factors, at Producer’s sole discretion.

Are auditions by appointment?

Virtual Auditions are by advance registration and selection of a Virtual Audition window of time and/or Virtual Audition date if all windows of time have been filled or day-of registration.

All those auditioning in each virtual location will be provided a Virtual Audition Link to join the Virtual Audition during their scheduled window of time or date, as applicable.

Producer may, at its sole and absolute discretion, select any eligible person to advance further in the audition process and/or participate in the American Idol competition regardless of whether the eligible person has attended a Virtual Audition or auditioned in any other manner available (e.g., social media auditions, online auditions, live auditions).

Can I audition in person for the Idol Across America auditions?

For American Idol season 21 Idol Across America auditions, American Idol producers will be hosting LIVE Virtual Auditions.

Am I allowed to have other people in the room with me?

You should be the only person in the room for your Virtual Audition unless you are under 18 years old on the date of your audition.

However, you may have one (1) person in the room with you to provide accompaniment for your audition, with a musical instrument (e.g., piano or guitar).

If someone is providing accompaniment, please be sure you are following the latest CDC guidelines and you MUST adhere to federal, state and local social distancing orders in effect.

Additionally, if you are under 18 years of age, your parent, or legal guardian MUST be in the room with you.

Anyone else present in the room for your Virtual Audition must also sign
an appearance release.

If the person providing musical accompaniment is under 18, their parent or legal guardian must also be present.

Do I have to pay for the auditions?

No. All American Idol auditions are free.

You just need an internet connection and a device with a camera and microphone capable of running Zoom.

There is no charge for any audition.

If someone approaches you trying to buy or sell access to any audition, please advise a member of Producer’s staff immediately.

Can I audition in more than one Virtual Audition?

You may ONLY attend ONE (1) Virtual Audition per each set of virtual audition locations.

Audition dates are subject to change or cancellation at any time.

You can also audition for American Idol 2023 (Season 21) via Social Media Auditions, or the Online Auditions, for which further
information is available on the American Idol mobile app.

Can I use a musical instrument for my Virtual Audition?

You may use a musical instrument (e.g., a guitar, keyboard or piano) during the Virtual Auditions.

Use of musical instruments may or may not be allowed later in the audition process. You may, of course, use it privately during your free time.

If I have a manager for anything entertainment-related, a music publishing or songwriting agreement, or a contract for my performing services, can I still audition?

To accept an invitation to participate in the competition portion of the Program (currently scheduled to begin in December 2022), you must be able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of Producer that you do not have any contractual arrangement that would prohibit you from fully participating in the show and/or entering into any contracts required by Producer, including, but not limited to, an exclusive recording contract, merchandising contract, a live and/or global touring agreement, a music publishing or songwriting agreement and an exclusive management contract.

However, in the event that you already have a management contract prior to your first audition in front of the Program judges, the requirement to enter into a
management contract shall not apply to you provided that you can demonstrate to the satisfaction of Producer and 19 Entertainment Limited that such contract commenced prior to the date of your first audition in front of the Program judges.

Furthermore, in the event that you have previously entered into and are still a party to a music publishing or songwriting agreement prior to your audition in front of the Program judges, then you must agree to promptly disclose the existence of such agreement to Producer and the 19 Companies (or an affiliate or designee), provide material details of said agreement and/or provide a copy of such agreement upon the request of the 19 Companies (or an affiliate) and you must agree not to extend the existing term of such agreement.

By accepting an invitation to be a participant, you must timely complete and return such participant agreements, releases and all exhibits, schedules and attachments thereto that will be furnished to you by Producer and/or 19 Entertainment Limited.

For more details on eligibility, please review the Eligibility Requirements available at the following link; American Idol Season 21 Auditions Eligibility Requirements.

What if my Virtual Audition Link does not work?

There may be technical difficulties during any of the Virtual Auditions.

Producer will have a virtual network technician available to help trouble shoot connectivity issues, but may not be able to resolve all technical issues.

Producer is not responsible for any technical problems, connectivity issues, malfunctions, glitches, irregularities, or other conditions or circumstances of any kind that may prevent, restrict, delay or otherwise interfere with your ability to participate in Virtual Auditions.

However, if you are not able to audition due to technical issues, you may register for an additional Virtual Audition.

Does my parent or legal guardian need to be in the room with me if I’m under 18?

If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian, who is 21 years of age or older, MUST be with you at all times.

What other paperwork do I need to fill out?

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 the official American Idol Auditions website at

Your family should also be prepared to sign releases concerning the possible taping and/or recording of their name, likeness, voice, conversation, etc.

If you advance to the competition, you may be required by the Producer to fill
out, sign and agree to all of the terms and conditions of additional forms, including a music publishing contract, recording contract and/or merchandising contract.

You 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.

Your Virtual Audition will not be confirmed until all necessary forms are completed and uploaded.

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 removed from the audition process and/or the program, even if already selected to compete.


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