American Idol Audition Tips

American Idol Auditioning Guide

THEY COME FROM ACROSS AMERICA in search of one dream. When American Idol’s 12th season debuts in January 2013, superstar judge Mariah Carey – the best-selling female recording artist of all time – and returning judge Randy Jackson, a Grammy Award-winning producer whose expertise and beloved persona have been instrumental in discovering Idol talent from the beginning, will be joined by two new judges: quadruple-platinum singer, songwriter, rapper and fashion icon Nicki Minaj; and Keith Urban, a four-time Grammy Award winner who has sold more than 15 million albums.

“I am thrilled about this year’s judges’ panel! We’ve got global icon Mariah Carey and Idol’s heart and soul Randy Jackson, who will be joined by Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Nicki’s an unbelievably captivating international phenomenon who has made an indelible mark on rap and pop. And Keith is another great addition to Idol – he’s one of the biggest stars in country music and I know that our fans and contestants will fall in love with him,” said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “With an unparalleled star like Mariah, fan-favorite Randy, chart-toppers like Nicki and Keith and our incomparable host Ryan, we’ve put together one of the most exciting judging panels around.”

Who will join household names Kelly ClarksonRuben StuddardFantasiaCarrie UnderwoodTaylor HicksJordin SparksDavid CookKris AllenLee DeWyzeScotty McCreery, and Phillip Phillips?

American Idol has been the No. 1 entertainment program among Total Viewers for the past nine consecutive seasons. To date, Idol alums have produced 356 No. 1 Billboard hits and garnered nearly 250 million iTunes downloads. Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips’ first single, “Home,” which was released May 23, has been certified platinum. Last year, Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery released his debut album “Clear As Day,” which dominated the Billboard Country Albums chart and has gone platinum, selling more than one million copies. McCreery is the youngest male artist to ever enter the U.S. albums charts at the No. 1 spot.

American Idol is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group and FremantleMedia North America, Inc.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:

Q. Are Auditions By Appointment Or Is It “Cattle Call” Style?

A. American Idol is often “Cattle Call” Style. You can visit our pages for audition dates in your city for the next season of American Idol.

Q. Can I Audition In More Than One City?t of 

A. You are welcome to attend auditions in more than one city; however, you should be aware that the audition process and the number of people we see in each city may be different. Audition cities are subject to change or cancellation at any time, please check the website for the most current information.

Q. Can I bring my friends or family members to the audition?

A. People who are auditioning may bring ONLY ONE FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER with them into the interior of the audition venue. In order to be allowed in the audition venue, that friend or family member MUST come with you on registration day in order to obtain their wristband and seat ticket. If you are under 18 years old on the audition day, you MUST bring your parent or guardian with you to the audition. Your parent or guardian must have attended registration day with you in order to obtain their wristband and seat ticket. The parent or guardian will be the only person allowed to accompany a minor on audition day. No children under the age of 5 years are allowed at the audition venues.

Q. Do You Charge For The Auditions, Wristbands Or Tickets?

A. No. Auditions are free. Wristbands and tickets are free. You just have to be physically present to get one and you cannot audition without them.

Q. Is There A Charge For Parking At The Venue(s)?

A. There will be a charge for parking at each venue. The parking fees are set and collected by the venue managers. We have nothing to do with the parking fees or facilities. It is highly likely that you will have to pay for parking each time you come in and out of the parking structure. For example, if you leave the parking structure to go out and purchase food and then return, you will probably have to pay again.

Q. What Can I Bring With Me To The Auditions?

A.The list below is not exhaustive and even if an item is listed below, the producers and security reserve the right to ask you to remove any such items from the venue. Any items you bring are your responsibility and all bags are subject to search:
 Banners
 Blankets
 Bottled water
 Cell phones
 Digital or still cameras (no video cameras)
 Hats
 Small bags / backpacks
 Small umbrellas (outdoor venues only)
 Sunglasses
 Sunscreen

Q. What Do I Do On Audition Day?

A. Once you have your wristband and ticket, you AND YOUR ONE GUEST (parent or guardian in the case of a minor) will need to return to the venue by 5:00 am on the actual audition day (unless prohibited from doing so by the venue). At that time, you must bring your wristband, ticket, signed Release (which can be printed out from the website at and the two forms of ID that you used to register – yes, you will need to show them again. If you lose your ticket or wristband, you will go to the end of the line, so don’t lose them – NO EXCEPTIONS. If your birth certificate was not issued in the United States, you should bring proof of your citizenship and/or permanent U.S. residency (for example, green card or naturalization papers). If you are under 18 years of age, you MUST bring your parent or guardian. Your parent and/or guardian must have a wristband and seat ticket, along with a photo ID (for example, a driver’s license). If you bring a legal guardian (as opposed to a parent), your legal guardian MUST bring proof of guardianship (e.g., court order) in addition to the photo ID. If your parent or legal guardian appoints a guardian for purposes of the registration and audition, your appointed guardian must bring a completed, signed and notarized Guardianship and Medical Authorization for Minors form in addition to the photo ID and the Release signed and NOTARIZED by your parent or legal guardian. The auditions will begin sometime around 8:00 a.m. on the audition day. Audition start and/or finish time is at the discretion of the Producer. You will need to be in your assigned seat at that time.

Q. What Do We Need To Bring To Registration?

A. When you arrive at the venue on one of the registration days, you MUST have two forms of ID that show proof of your age and a photograph (for example, a birth certificate and driver’s license or a birth certificate and a passport or a birth certificate and a school ID card) to obtain a wristband and a ticket if you plan to have an opportunity to audition (please see Audition Rules for more details). After showing proper ID, you will be given a wristband and a seat ticket (provided there are still some available for that venue). You will be allowed to have one (1) person accompany you to the audition; however, THAT PERSON MUST ALSO BE PRESENT WITH YOU DURING REGISTRATION SO THAT WE CAN ISSUE THEM A SEAT TICKET AND WRISTBAND. Remember, if you wait until the audition day to register you will be one of the last people to register and we may run out of space or time to accommodate you. NO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5 YEARS ARE ALLOWED AT THE AUDITION VENUES.

Q. What If My Parent Or Legal Guardian Is Not Available On The Registration And/Or Audition Days?

A. If your parent or legal guardian is not available to accompany you on the registration and audition days, your parent or legal guardian may appoint a guardian for the registration and audition days by completing the Guardianship and Medical Authorization for Minors form which can be printed out at The appointed guardian MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. Please note that the Guardianship and Medical Authorization for Minors form MUST be signed and NOTARIZED in order to be valid. In addition, if your appointed guardian does not have authority to sign on your behalf, you MUST bring the Release signed and NOTARIZED by your parent or legal guardian. If you are a minor and arrive at registration or at the audition with someone other than your parent or legal guardian and you DO NOT have a signed and notarized Guardianship and Medical Authorization for Minors form and signed and notarized Release, or your appointed guardian is not 21 years of age or older, or your appointed guardian does not have appropriate ID, you will be asked to leave the venue and will not be permitted to audition unless and until you are able to fulfill the registration requirements. THE SAME PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST ACCOMPANY YOU TO THE REGISTRATION AND AUDITION.

Q. What Should I NOT Bring With Me To The Auditions?

A. The list of prohibited items below is not exhaustive and even if an item is not listed below, the producers and security reserve the right to ask you to remove any such item from the venue. People in possession of prohibited items will be denied admission to the line and to the venue, and may be subject to immediate disqualification. All bags are subject to search.
 Air mattresses
 Alcoholic beverages
 Animals
 Candles
 Cans or bottles
 Chairs that do not fold
 Coolers of any kind unless for medical
reasons (yes, you’ll have to prove it)
 Fireworks
 Folding chairs
 Hair dryers
 Illegal drugs
 Lawn chairs or chaise lounges
 Luggage / suitcases
 Molded plastic chairs
 Tents
 Video cameras or camcorders of any kind
 Weapons of any kind (including pocket
knives and all swords, forged or carved,
from any of the middle or modern ages)
No children under the age of 5 years are allowed at the audition venue.

Q. Where Do I Get The Release Form And Where Do I Send It ?

A. You can obtain the Release form from our website at You should bring the SIGNED Release form (and your ID) with you and make sure that it is filled out and signed BEFORE you arrive at the audition, as only a limited number of forms will be available at the audition sites. Remember, if you are a minor, you and your parent or legal guardian MUST sign the release form as well. If you attend the audition with an appointed guardian who does not have the authority to sign on your behalf, you MUST have the Release signed and NOTARIZED by your parent or legal guardian and bring the signed and notarized form with you to the audition.

Q. Does My Parent Need To Accompany Me If I am Under 18?

A. If you are under 18 on the day you register, a parent or legal guardian MUST be with you during registration to get a wristband and ticket. Your parent or legal guardian MUST bring a photo ID (for example, a driver’s license or passport). In addition to their photo ID, if you are accompanied by a legal guardian, as opposed to a parent, your legal guardian MUST bring legal documentation evidencing their relationship with you (for example, a court order). The same parent or legal guardian MUST accompany you to both the registration and audition days.