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'American Idol' goes virtual with 'Idol Across America' auditions

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Posted at 7:59 AM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-10 10:18:54-04

From traveling the United States on a tour bus to filling stadiums, “American Idol” senior producer Patrick Lynn has seen everything during auditions for the reality TV competition over the years.

"The auditions have changed dramatically over the years but none so dramatically as this," said Lynn.

Starting at 10 a.m. Monday, Lynn and his team of producers will hold virtual auditions for Idol hopefuls in Ohio through Zoom, the online video-conferencing app.

Anyone in Ohio who wants their shot at stardom can sign up for "Idol Across America" auditions on the "American Idol" website at abc.com/shows/american-idol/auditions.

"So, what happens when somebody shows up?" Lynn said. "Well, they come and they get in a line. So, we have a virtual line. But it still is sort of the same process. It's just, you know, virtually."

Rather than standing in line outside a stadium or audition hall, Lynn said Idol hopefuls will log onto their computers.

"Basically, once you get your link, just come on over and wait outside the room," he said. "We'll bring you inside the room at a certain point and we'll just get the whole process started."

Singers and musicians will then perform in front of a small group of producers in that Zoom room for a chance to appear on "American Idol" on ABC later this year.

Lynn suggested those auditioning give themselves time to test equipment and warm-up vocal cords before entering the room.

"The main thing is, give it a shot," he said. "What have you got to lose?"