American Idol auditions to take place Thursday at New Orleans Convention Center

9 months ago The Times-Picayune 0

It’s time to start warming up those vocal cords, New Orleans. “American Idol,” the popular televised singing competition, will be in the Crescent City on Thursday (Sept. 14) to conduct an open call for those who think they might have what it takes to be a star.

Auditions will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Those wishing to try out can register at the American Idol website. Contestants must be between 15 and 28 years old as of June 11, 2017, and a legal resident of the United States with an unrestricted right to work in the country. Those under 18 will need to have a parent or guardian register on their behalf.

Hopefuls can also submit an audition via the show’s website, at

The new season of “Idol” will mark the show’s first on ABC, where it moved after 15 season on Fox. Ryan Seacrest will return to host, with pop star Katy Perry joining as one of the new judges.

“We hit the jackpot with Katy,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said, according to “She is a songwriter, and to have someone like her on the panel is fantastic. This is a business. We need to make sure we make the right decision so the show can be financially viable, so it will have a place on ABC for years to come.”

The new season is expected to debut in early 2018 on ABC.