'American Idol' auditions coming to Minneapolis


FOX Television's "American Idol" is coming to Minneapolis to hold auditions for the show's 14th season, the Star Tribune reports.

Auditions are set for June 18 at Mariucci Arena on the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota. Minneapolis is the first of 15 cities the show will be holding auditions in.

FOX 9 has a complete list of the cities. The show will also hear potential contestants in such places as Nashville, New Orleans and Kansas City, Missouri. Final tryouts for the show will be in San Francisco on Sept. 29.

"American Idol" last held auditions in Minneapolis in 2006, when singers tried out for the show at Target Center.

Auditions are open to anybody ages 15 to 28. People can start lining up for the auditions at 6 a.m., and the distribution of wristbands needed to try out for the show will begin at 7 p.m. Prospective contestants can also submit their auditions online through July 1.

The Star Tribune says no Minnesotans have ever won the competition in previous seasons. The last Minnesotan to be featured on the show was Dajonte Lenear of Plymouth, who made it to the Hollywood Round of the show in January before being eliminated.

Meanwhile, Minnesota nanny Kat Perkins continues to roll along on NBC's "The Voice" as one of the show's five finalists. Perkins was on the verge of elimination from the show Tuesday, but was saved by the audience's Twitter votes.

Perkins' "Voice" coach Adam Levine said the Minneapolis performer is "one of the best rock singers" the show has ever had.

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