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Auditioning for American Idol

American Idol is perhaps the most famous reality TV show on the air today. Getting on the show will require a lot more than just a video and application form. It is based on your ability to sing and to perform.

Most of the time, the judges, who are professionals in the music industry, will also ask for a certain X factor. In this reality series, the audition process takes place on camera which is different from most other reality shows. You have to line up in the massively long queues at selected venues across the country, armed ready to sing your heart out. You should prepare a song before hand to sing and also have a back up or two just for good measure. Getting to see the audition process on TV is part of the fun and while nerve wracking, can also be a lot of fun. Get: Official Audition Information

Your initial audition will take place in front of a panel of screeners who let a certain number of entrants go through to the judges' auditions. These auditions are filmed and you will get to sing for the famous American Idol judges of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, and the newest judge Kara DioGuardi. When you arrive at the auditions you will need to complete an application form and read the rules, which specifies an age limit of 16 to 30 years among other things.

These auditions will see hopefuls lining up from the night before and the auditions can go on all day. Aside from the song, you will also need to complete an application form and hand it in along with a photo of yourself. This application will contain details about your singing and music career, singing training, performance experience, previous competitions, what you do, where you are from, and more about your personality and why you believe you are the next American Idol.  Making it through the judges round of auditions will see you received a Golden Ticket to Hollywood where you will compete again for a place in the next round.

After a number of different rounds during "Hollywood Week" where the judges will ask for you to sing in groups, pair, solo, with and without instruments, the contestants will be narrowed down to the Top 36. From here the contestants will get to perform on the stage in front of a live audience in 3 groups and be filmed live for TV. Each week there is a different theme such as Rock, the Beatles, Disco, and Movie Songs.

The eliminations continue with the public being able to cast their votes for their favorite singers allowing one contestant to be sent home at each elimination.

The American Idol phenomenon has swept all over the world with viewers tuning in from all parts of the globe to watch the show, as this is the precursor for another great singer to hit the music industry in a big way. The winner of America Idol gets a record deal, but this is not to say that no one else will be approached. Usually if you make it into the Top 10, you have an excellent chance of continuing to work in the industry.

Just looking back over the years, the following singers have become stars thanks to applying and making it to the Top 10 in American Idol or winning the competition: Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, David Cook, Bo Bice, Chris Daughtry, Jordan Sparks, Fantasia Barrino, Blake Lewis, LaKisha Jones, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Elliot Yamin, Kellie Pickler, Katharine McPhee, Ryan Starr, and Bucky Covington. Some contestants who didn't even make it to the Top 24 have signed record deals.