'American Idol' wannabees: Auditions in Minneapolis this week

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Aspiring singers from around the area will be lining up in Minneapolis later this week for a chance to audition for "American Idol." Minneapolis is the first of several cities that will host live auditions for the show's upcoming 14th season, according to FOX 9.

The auditions will be Wednesday, June 18, at Mariucci Arena on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota.

The show's host, Ryan Seacrest, will be there, but the judges -- Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban -- won't be joining him. They will come to Minneapolis for the judges' round at a future date that hasn't been scheduled yet, according to the Star Tribune.

Auditions are open to anybody ages 15 to 28. People can start lining up for the auditions Wednesday at 6 a.m., and the distribution of tickets and wristbands needed to try out for the show will begin at 7 a.m. Contestants will not be allowed to camp out or line up before 6 a.m.

Audition information, including forms and requirements, is available on the American Idol website.

Prospective contestants can also submit their auditions online through July 1.

Live auditions will be also be held in such places as Nashville, New Orleans, Kansas City, Missouri and San Francisco.

“American Idol” last held auditions in Minneapolis in 2006, when more than 10,000 singers tried out for the show.

The Star Tribune says no Minnesotan has ever won the competition. 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.

Several Minnesota performers have also made it on NBC's singing competition, "The Voice." Minneapolis singer Kat Perkins made it to the top five contestants on "The Voice" last month. And Nicholas David of Eagan finished third on the program in December 2012.

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