American Idol Announces Exclusive 4-H Audition Day

(ABC/John Fleenor) WILLIE SPENCE former 4-H member

Get ready for even MORE COUNTRY MUSIC ON AMERICAN IDOL as 4-H partners with the show for a “dedicated virtual audition day” on September 24.

4-H started as basically a farm organization for kids, but has branched out into other areas.  They describe themselves in the PR announcement as “the largest youth development organization in the country.” Read more about 4-H HERE.

Through the collaboration with American Idol and National 4-H Council, 4-H singers nationwide will audition over Zoom for a chance to become America’s next singing sensation.

“We are so excited to collaborate with our friends at American Idol to create this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 4-H youth,” said Ivan Heredia, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, National 4-H Council. “This unique experience gives our incredible 4-H’ers the platform to showcase their talents and is an example of the many ways Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program empowers young people to find their spark and pursue their passions.”

Last season, Georgia 4-H alumnus, Willie Spence, was crowned runner-up on American Idol. Hailing from Douglas, Georgia, Willie joined 4-H at age thirteen and became a breakout star of the 4-H performing arts group Clovers & Company.

“Competing on American Idol’ was a life-changing experience that kick started my career in the entertainment industry,” said last season’s runner-up, Willie Spence. “There are so many impressive 4-H’ers who share my passion for music and performance. My message to all of them is to get out there and sing their hearts out at these auditions!”

To register for the 4-H Audition Day, visit THIS LINK. Registration opened on Tuesday, September 14th at 9:00AM EST and closes on Friday, September 24th at 3:00PM EST. Full details on eligibility requirements, submission forms, and terms and conditions are available at

The show’s “Idol Across America” virtual auditions are coming to an end soon. There is a West & Midwest open call scheduled for September 16 and a Nationwide open call for September 21. 

After producer auditions, judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan will once again travel to cities, including Nashville and Austin to audition hopefuls for the Hollywood Round.

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