You would be hard pressed to assume that Justin Bieber did not have a large influence over American Idol’s decision to expand the age of eligibility from the former 16-year-old cutoff to the present 15 years of age.
The new measure will allow anyone from the age of 15 to 28 years old audition, which makes perfect sense given that a lot of young and talented individuals are now seeking careers and representation prior to turning 16.
In case you were interested, the official dates and locations for American Idol auditions are as follows:
Nashville, TN – Saturday, July 17th (Bridgestone Arena) Milwaukee, WI – Wednesday, July 21st (Bradley Center)
New Orleans, LA – Monday, July 26th (TBA)
East Rutherford, NJ – Tuesday, Aug. 3rd (IZOD Center)
Austin, TX – Wednesday, Aug. 11th (Frank Erwin Center)
San Francisco, CA – Thursday, Aug. 19th (AT&T Park)