American Idol invited a 64 year old singer to audition at one of their VIP showcases. Multi-instrumentalist Gurf Morlix, recounted his experience on his Facebook page, with a copy and paste of the email he received. Are the casting people just randomly sending out these invites without conducting much research ahead of time? Because even a cursory search would reveal Molix is way WAY beyond the age limit.
The interesting thing here is the casting notice to these super-exclusive VIP auditions.
I am booking amazing Singers for a once in a lifetime VIP invite-only audition for AMERICAN IDOL SEASON XV!
Do you have the voice of Christina and the moves like Jagger? does Beyoncé have nothing on you? Or maybe your a little bit Country like Carrie and a Lotta bit Rock N Roll!
These VIP showcase auditions are for ‘industry and personal referrals’ only, NOT for the general public!
“Hi Gurf,” the email opens with a personal greeting, “Thought you might be interested in this: We are in the final week of casting for our final VIP audition for the final season of American Idol!” But then the bad news, “Interested?? We are looking for singers and artists of all styles, male and female, ages 15 to 28. These VIP auditions are for ‘industry and personal referrals’ only, NOT for the general public!” The email then goes on to explain how to submit an audition.
Cast a wide net and maybe someone will bite? This is similar to The Voice pitching artists who are hardly in a position to need help from a competition reality show.
I’m really interested in the inner-workings of the casting process for competition reality shows. A journalist need to do some research and put together a long read. That would be fascinating.