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In quest for talent, ‘American Idol’ lowers entry age

Auditions for Season 10 of the American Idol begin July 17 in Nashville

The Season 10 of the American Idol, which begins July 17 in Nashville, will now allow 15-year-olds for auditions.

Hitherto, people aged between 16 and 28 were eligible for the show. While the entry age has been lowered by a year, the maximum age limit remains unchanged.

More changes expected
After Nashville the show will hold auditions at Milwaukee, New Orleans, East Rutherford, Austin and San Francisco.

The bigger, more significant change would be the new judge and the new music director in the show.

"A lot of young, talented people are now seeking careers and representation before they turn 16," Cecile Frot-Coutaz, executive producer of American Idol, said.

"Lowering the age limit allows us to tap into this talent pool," averred Coutaz.
Sources familiar with the matter reveal that lowering the age limit is just one of the many changes that the show will incorporate.

The decision probably has roots in the better performance of teenagers than any other age group in Season 9. The likes of Aaron Kelly and Haeley Vaughn must have influenced the decision.

The bigger, more significant change would be the new judge and the new music director in the show.

On January 11, 2010 Simon Cowell, who has been on the panel of judges to critique the contestants' performances, announced that he was leaving the show so that he could launch his show The X Factor in the USA.

About the show
American Idol is a reality television competition started with a motive to find new solo singing talent. The winner is chosen by the audience through a mechanism of telephone and SMS text voting.

The voting begins immediately after each show, and the results are announced during the following night's broadcast.

Every year, thousands of hopefuls from across the United States audition for a shot at stardom.

Ryan Seacrest has hosted the show for its entire run.

The show Debuted on June 11, 2002 on the Fox network and ever since has become one of the most popular in the history of American television.

It is currently the number 1 program in the Nielsen Ratings and can lay claim to the fact that it is the program to retain the numero uno position for six consecutive seasons.

Such is the craze for the show that past winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook and Kris Allen have become household names and they are a rage in the recording industry.

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