Is there a future “American Idol” in Provo?
The nation may soon find out. ABC recently announced Provo as one of its open audition cities, with auditions being held Aug. 23.
The Provo auditions will follow tryouts in Atlanta.
Two days after the Provo tryouts, Charleston, South Carolina, will also host auditions, according to ABC.
Those interested auditioning should sign up for ABC’s alerts to receive more information.
Interested parties can also audition online.
The next season of the show will debut in early 2018.
ABC announced in May that it was reviving “Idol,” which ended its 15-season run on Fox this past spring, according to the Entertainment Weekly.
ABC outbid Fox and NBC for the show’s rights, the magazine reported.
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said the show had been canceled prematurely and hoped to bring it back.
“American Idol is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon,” Dungey said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “ABC is the right home to reignite the fan base. We are thrilled viewers will once again share in these inspiring stories of people realizing their dreams.”
Changes to the show have yet to be announced. It’s unlikely that previous host Ryan Seacrest will return, given he’s obtained a new full-time job on “Live with Kelly and Ryan."
Utahns have had some success on “American Idol.” Madilyn Page, a Provo native, auditioned for the final season of the show but was eliminated during Hollywood Week.
James Gray Dawson VIII, who also lives in Provo, finished in the final season’s top 24 contestants, too.
Visit the Deseret News to see a full list of show contestants with Utah ties.