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Start practicing: ‘American Idol’ auditions are coming to Raleigh.

Could you be the next Scotty McCreery?

You never know if you don’t try — and you’ll get that chance next weekend when “American Idol” auditions come to Raleigh.

The open-call auditions for Season 18, which will premiere in 2020, take place in Raleigh on Sunday, Sept. 1.

The auditions take place at the Duke Energy Center at 2 E. South St., Raleigh. Get more info on the American Idol Auditions page.

But you should go ahead and register now — and start practicing!

How to register and audition for ‘Idol’


You can register ahead of time online or in person the day of the audition (get there as early as possible and expect lines).

You’ll get an email confirmation once registration is complete.

If you successfully registered, you can pick up your wristband and seat ticket on audition day.

Bring a photo ID with you.

You can also bring ONE person with you (if you’re under 18 that person must be a parent or legal guardian).

No overnight camping is allowed inside or outside at the audition site.

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From left: Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Ryan Seacrest and Luke Bryan on the set of “American Idol.” Eric Liebowitz ABC via AP


There are a lot of rules about auditioning, so read them ahead of time. Here are some of the big ones:

You must be between 15 and 28 years old.

You must be a U.S. citizen.

If you’ve competed on “American Idol” before, you can’t have advanced to the Top 10 stage or beyond.

You can’t already have a management or recording contract.

You can’t be a candidate for public office.

NOTE: If you have more questions, please read the rules on the American Idol Auditions site. Do not call or email me because, while I would love to chat with you, I have no information beyond what is here.

Good luck!

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