American Idol – Casting Guide

  • Contestants: 20 per Season
  • Top Prize: Recording Contract
  • Selectivity: 5 Star
American Idol is the original music reality elimination show. The show has gone through many changes throughout the year replacing the original judges (Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson) over the years. The current judges are Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr, and they have brought a very different spin to the show. The show definitely rewards all around music talent as contestants are allowed to play an instrument as part of their performance.

Applicant Restrictions:
  • Must between 15 – 28
  • Must be eligible to work in US
  • Must not be a Felon

American Idol has had so many people apply for the show, they have created three distinct methods of applying the show. The first is the traditional open casting calls. These are extremely crowded and all attendees are given wristbands which allow them to audition. We will list the dates and locations of the casting calls below, and all begin at 7am.

DateCity/StateAudition TypeLocationStart Time
June 18, 2014Minneapolis, MN Live - Open CallMariucci Arena, University of Minnesota7:00AM
June 25, 2014New Orleans, LALive - Open CallLakefront Arena, University of New Orleans7:00AM
July 23, 2014Long Island, NYLive - Open CallNassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum7:00AM
July 30, 2014Nashville, TNLive - Open CallNashville Municipal Auditorium7:00AM
Sept 29, 2014San FranciscoLive - Open Call Cow Palace San Francisco7:00AM
July 9, 2014Portland, ORAudition Van - West CoastDirector Park, 815 SW Park Ave9:00AM
July 12, 2014Reno, NVAudition Van - West Coast10 N. Virginia St.9:00AM
July 15, 2014Albuquerque, NMAudition Van - West CoastOld Town Plaza, N. Plaza Street NW.9:00AM
July 17, 2014Amarillo, TXAudition Van - West Coast Don Harrington Discovery Center, 1200 Street Drive.9:00AM
TBDBranson, MOAudition Van - West Coast100 Branson Landing Blvd9:00AM
July 21, 2014Kansas City, MOAudition Van - West CoastUniversity of Missouri Kansas City, 5100 Rockhill Rd.9:00AM
July 9, 2014Portland, MEAudition Van - East CoastMaine State Pier, closest cross street is Maine State and Commercial St.9:00AM
July 12, 2014Columbus, OHAudition Van - East Coast Capital University, at the fountain on the corner of Mound Ave. and Pleasant Ridge Ave.9:00AM
July 15, 2014Richmond, VAAudition Van - East Coast Virginia State Capitol, on Bank St. (Between 10th and 12th St.).9:00AM
July 17, 2014Myrtle Beach, SCAudition Van - East Coast Development Space, adjacent to the beach on Ocean Blvd. (Between 8th and 9th Ave.).9:00AM
July 20, 2014Tallahassee, FLAudition Van - East CoastFlorida State University at Langford Green, off of Champions Way.9:00AM

American Idol also brings back its famous bus auditions which will bring create live open casting calls in 10 more cities for the 2014 season. This year there are two buses one on the east coast and one on the west coast. All the dates and times are listed below.

This show also has the most advanced online casting model that I’ve seen for any show. The form has three parts the first is to get your biographical information. The second part is the contact data, and the third is the uploading of a video which can either be a file sent to the show or a link to a YouTube video. I greatly prefer the latter as you will retain control of updating the video even after submission.

Finally, if you applied to be on this show, we’d love to hear your story whether or not you were selected to appear on air. Feel free to click the link below to share your story with us and our┬áreaders.