American Idol Auditions Set for Disney Springs, Former Winners to Greet Hopefuls

American Idol auditions will kick off on August 17 at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort. American Idol winners Ruben Studdard (Season 2), Jordin Sparks (Season 6) and Kris Allen (Season 8) will be on hand to greet the hopefuls. From the official announcement:

American Idol will kick off its highly anticipated open auditions at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida! The iconic American Idol bus will roll into Disney Springs for auditions taking place on THURSDAY, AUGUST 17. Idol-winners Jordin Sparks, Kris Allen and Ruben Studdard will make a special appearance and greet lucky audition participants during the kickoff celebration of the search for America’s next superstar.

When the bus rolls away at the end of the day, Central Florida hopefuls will still have the chance to become a part of “Idol” history by auditioning via the “American Idol” pop-up audition kiosk, which will be at Disney Springs on FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, through FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15. During regular Disney Springs operating hours, visitors can create and submit their very own audition video at the kiosk.

Auditions will simultaneously kick off on the West Coast in Portland, Oregon. Please visit for more information and specific audition details, locations, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, terms and conditions.

American Idol auditions are headed to 19 cities. Check out the full schedule HERE. Singers can also audition online HERE. will host weekly live stream auditions, more information about that HERE.

ABC working the Disney connection, was of course, a no brainer. I would imagine the judges round of the competition will also be at least partially, if not entirely, filmed at Disney–maybe at the park’s Anaheim California location.

American Idol is set to return to ABC spring 2018 with Ryan Seacrest as host and pop star Katy Perry as a member of the judges panel. Lionel Richie and more stars are rumored to be in negotiations to join Katy on the panel.

Kris Allen tweeted a cute throwback pic:

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