"American Idol" isn't just looking for new judges to replace Steven Tyler and J. Lo. The singing competition is expanding its audition opportunities, launching a small town audition bus tour, a 10-town nationwide mobile tour that will hit the road next month. Towns that will be visited: Idaho Falls, Idaho; Billing, Mont.; Casper, Wyo.; Rock Rapids, Iowa; Iowa City, Iowa; Bowling Green, Ky.; Clarksdale, Miss.; Joplin, Mo.; Dodge City, Kansas and Grand Junction, Colo. Specific locations and dates TBA.
"Idol" also is looking for folks who might not think to nominate themselves. The "Nominate an Idol" program lets family and friends nominate people for the show using an online form and submitting an existing video or URL of their nom singing solo and a cappella. Chosen candidates will be surprised on location by a film crew and given the chance to advance to the next round of auditions. Check www.americanidol.com for submission rules, etc.
Finally, online auditions will be open Aug. 1-14. Hopefuls can submit their audition video online. Videos are limited to one submission per person and you have to sing one of the songs from an approved list and do it a cappella. Check the website for the rules.
Remember, you have to be between the ages of 15-28 as of June 5, 2012 to be eligible.