American Idol announces cities and dates for 2018 Audition Tour

Posted at 10:15 AM, Jun 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-06 11:15:18-04

American Idol announced today the list of tour stops where singing hopefuls can audition for the 2018-2019 season of the popular singing competition currently on ABC. 

The search kicks off on Saturday, August 25 as the Idol bus heads to 20 cities across America to search for talented singers. The tour will kick-off simultaneously in Orlando, Florida and San Diego, California. 

The tour is scheduled to stop in the following cities:                                   

Orlando, FL – Aug 25                            San Diego, CA – Aug 25 
Chattanooga, TN – Aug 28                        Scottsdale, AZ – Aug 28
Charlotte, NC – Aug 31                  Albuquerque, NM – Aug 31
Seattle, WA – Aug 31                            Boise, ID – Sep 2
Richmond, VA – Sep 3                    Plano, TX – Sep 3      
Houston, TX – Sep 4                             Austin, TX – Sep 6
Philadelphia, PA – Sep 6                        Oklahoma City, OK – Sep 6
Buffalo, NY – Sep 9                             Kansas City MO – Sep 9
Shreveport, LA – Sep 9                  Columbus, OH – Sep 12
Little Rock, AR – Sep 12                        Charleston, WV – Sep 15  

Other tour stops and audition dates are expected to be added in the coming weeks. 

Those who can’t travel to these locations to audition in-person can also submit their audition online at or on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and using the hashtag #TheNextIdol.

Rules state singers must be 15 years or older to audition

Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie will return next season along with show host Ryan Seacrest.