American Idol in N. Charleston: What to know before you go to the auditions

American Idol in N. Charleston: What to know before you go to the auditions

Before you line up for a chance to strike it big and become the next American Idol, there are several things you need to know about what's happening at the North Charleston Convention Center.

From information on eligibility requirements to specifics on the audition process, this is our attempt to make sure you are prepared for you shot at show business!

Age Requirements You must be 15-28 years of age (which means you must be born on or between June 12, 1988 and June 11, 2002). Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Also, that parent or legal guardian mys provide a valid, government-issued photo ID. Legal guardians must be able to provide proof of guardianship (example: a court order).

U.S. Residency You must be a legal U.S. resident with the unrestricted right to work throughout the duration of the competition.

No Contract Conflicts To accept an invitation to participate in the competition, you must not be locked in any contractual agreement that would prohibit you from fully participating. CLICK HERE for more info.

Candidate for public office? If you are a candidate for public office, you can't compete.

Affiliates? If you are an employee of the show or any of its affiliates, you cannot compete. CLICK HERE for more info.

Audition Times In-person registration will start no later than 9 a.m. and will continue throughout the day. If you are registering at the audition, arrive as early as possible and claim your spot in the line. Auditions will not extend past 5 p.m.

What to bring - You should bring a valid form of ID. If you are a minor, see age requirements above. You will also be required to sign a personal release and provide that at the time of your audition.

Audition Online If you aren't able to make it do the North Charleston Convention Center, no worries! You can register online here: ENTER ONLINE AUDITIONS

What should be worn to auditions? Do not wear any clothing or bring any items that have designer names, corporate or sports team names of logos, copyrighted images, celebrity names of images (living or dead), cartoon character images or inappropriate words or messages (example: profanity). If you do wear such clothing, you may be required to remove it, turn it inside out or put on additional clothing to cover it. If you have any tattoos that contain any corporate or sports names or logos, copyrighted images, celebrity names or images (living or dead), cartoon character images or inappropriate message or words (for example, profanity), you should cover the tattoo for your audition.

What I should sing at the auditions? Be prepared to sing a song of your choice either a cappella (without music) or with your own instrumental accompaniment, e.g., a guitar. You should be prepared to sing at least two or possibly three songs. If you are called back to audition any further, you may be asked again to sing two songs a capella, one of which may or may not be from a list that will be provided to you by the producer at the time. The other song, if requested by producer, may be a song of your choice. All rules and procedures are subject to change at producer's sole and absolute discretion.

Bringing guests to the auditions? YOU ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO BRING ONE GUEST.

What can be brought to auditions? Banners, blankets, bottled water, cell phones (no video recording allowed during audition process), digital or still cameras (no video cameras), hats small bags, small umbrellas (outside only), sunglasses and sunscreen.

DO NOT BRING Air mattresses, beer/alcohol, animals, backpacks, candles, coolers, fireworks, hair dryers, marijuana, other illegal drugs, luggage, tents, VIDEO CAMERAS. No children under the age of five are allowed in the audition area. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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