American Idol to hold auditions in Annapolis

Can you sing? Can you sing in a tent? Can you do it on Tuesday?

A production crew from American Idol will hold auditions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Westfield Annapolis mall. The daylong event will take place in a tent set up the mall parking lot near the Lord & Taylor department store.

No celebrity judges will be at the audition, which will look for singers good enough to be part of the fall season — maybe.

“We will be in Annapolis looking for next American Idol and invite everyone out to audition,” said Melissa Elfar, a Los Angeles-based producer for American Idol. “They have the opportunity to audition in front of our producer-judges. This is a few rounds before seeing the show’s celebrity judges.”

Those chosen will be invited to the next round of auditions and one step closer to stardom on ABC’s reboot of the FOX network’s popular talent show, which ran from 2002 to 2016. “American Idol” has launched the careers of unknowns who became household names, like Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson.

The other auditions across the Unites States scheduled continue through Sept. 14. Applicants must be ages 15 to 28 and legal U.S. residents. ABC’s version will include at least one familiar face — host Ryan Seacrest. The show will debut in early 2018.

Auditions are being held in 21 cities across the country from Orlando, Florida to Portland, Oregon. Events originally scheduled in Houston and San Antonio were canceled because of flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Two of the show’s producers will conduct the auditions next week in Annapolis.

“My best advice is, pick a song you like and sing it well, put some passion into it,” Elfar said. “Your performance is a big part of your delivery.”

Organizers expect American Idol hopefuls to begin lining up at 6 a.m. at the mall. Overnight camping is forbidden.

The number of contestants in each city varies. American Idol doesn’t give out…

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