Hit singing competition show “American Idol” will be holding open auditions in Santa Barbara on Aug. 23.
According to an ABC news release, the auditions will be held at the Santa Barbara Veterans Memorial Building.
Contestants can register for the audition at https://fmna.etribez.com/ag/fmna/ai3abc/welcomeOnsite.html. Contestants must be 15 to 28 years old and a legal United States resident to participate.
“The idea this year is that the bus will pass through each of the judges’ hometowns (Katy in Santa Barbara CA, Lionel in Tuskegee, Ala., and Luke in Leesburg, Ga.). More generally speaking, the bus tour sets up in smaller satellite towns near dense population centers to keep the process manageable,” said American Idol producer Brett McCosker.
Mr. McCosker was referring to Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.
This season, set to premiere in spring 2020, will be the show’s third on the ABC network. It originally ran on FOX from 2002 to 2016.
The news come hot off Lionel Richie’s Aug. 6 performance at the Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Bowl.
Santa Barbara County hopefuls will attempt to follow the success of Teen Star alum Jackson Gillies, who was eliminated from the last season of American Idol in the third round of Hollywood week.
Mr. Gillies is a San Marcos High School graduate and Santa Barbara City College student.
“I just love being an artist. Really creating, not just in the sense that, ‘I’m a guitar player,’ or, ‘I’m a singer,’ but being a well-rounded artist, someone who makes something and then really connects to people and helps them out,” Mr. Gillies told the News-Press in March.
Mr. Gillies was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 3. He wears a glucose monitor that controls his insulin pump.
At 14, he was diagnosed with a chronic inflammatory skin condition known as hidradenitis suppurativa.
“I had eight or nine abscesses on each of my legs and I didn’t walk for about two months,” he said.
He will appear on KEYT at 7:10 a.m. today with Kenny Loggins, Janet Adderley and more performers in the “Kenny Loggins presents The Music of Footloose.”
The show will run Sunday at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Marjorie Luke Theatre. Tickets are available at https://theadderleyconservatory.bpt.me.