American Idol 2022: Judges Auditions Headed to Nashville and Austin!

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American Idol Judges Round Headed to Austin and Nashville

American Idol judges auditions are once again ON THE MOVE! So far, it appears that Idol has set auditions for Austin Texas in early October, and Nashville, Tennessee in mid-November. This is a departure from last year, when the COVID-19 pandemic led production to schedule auditions in California only. The OG singing competition traditionally sends host Ryan Seacrest and the judges panel across the country to audition hopefuls where they live (more or less!) But last year, because of the pandemic, Idol held auditions at three locations in California–Ojai, Los Angeles and San Diego.

Will Covid force production to move Judges Audition locations?

It would have been reasonable to stay in California again this year too, because COVID ain’t over yet (you couldn’t pay me to step one foot in Covid-filled Texas right now. Tennessee isn’t so great either). And some states are making it hard for businesses to keep employees and customers safe. Notably, Texas Governor Abbott has outlawed vaccine and mask mandates. As Covid infections rise in states like Texas and Tennessee, I wouldn’t be surprised if Disney ended up moving locations to less infected cities. 

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But in the meantime,  producers are still auditioning singers to sing in front of judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. Idol Across America auditions end on September 21. 

And as more information about the new season emerges, we’ll keep you updated! A big thanks to Blake Busch who is pretty much conducting all the research on contestants.

Is contestant reveal day NOW?

At some point, we’ll post contestant lists, but not just yet. Is American Idol encouraging hopefuls to share details about the audition process, or are they speaking out of turn? One hopeful uploaded a poster to Facebook listing all his upcoming appearances, including the audition in front of the judges! Back in the old days, that sort of thing could get a contestant disqualified. 

The landmark 20th season of American Idol will premiere on ABC Winter 2022. 


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