Here's How You Can Virtually Audition for 'American Idol' Season 19

American Idol really is of the people—the classic singing competition is moving its audition process over to Zoom, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

After the show's 18th season (and third for ABC) saw major changes made to its format, to adopt a remote style due to COVID-19, the show will continue using a virtual setup for its 2021 edition.

Hopeful stars between the ages 15 and 28 will have the opportunity to participate in the "Idol Across America" auditions in every state, beginning on Monday, August 10. Most of the audition dates cover three states per day; the process is set to conclude on September 9. The virtual setup will "mak[e] auditions easier than ever," according to a press release for the show.

"The kickoff to season four will give hopefuls the chance to showcase their talents from anywhere in America, across any official audition date and face-to-face with an American Idol producer, staying true to its roots by providing aspiring Idols real-time feedback on their journey to being crowned the next American Idol," the press release reads.

Idol will use custom-built Zoom technology to host the "Idol Across America" events. Singers looking to audition can register through the audition page on ABC's website. Potential contestants must be born between June 2, 1991 and September 1, 2005, and be legal residents of the United States in order to be eligible for the competition. People can register for as many auditions as they choose, but they can only register once per each set of states.

An FAQ from the show details just about any question an American Idol fan could have, including rules about accompaniment (you can play an instrument for yourself or sing a capella) or what to wear (no designer names or copyrighted logos). The FAQ also notes that this audition is for an Idol producer. "You will NOT be singing for our American Idol celebrity judges for this round of auditions. This audition is with one or more of our American Idol Producers," the FAQ states.

Idol also shared a video of last season's winner, Just Sam, giving five tips for would-be contestants, including choosing a song that reflects you as an artist, preparing with vocal warmups and telling the judges interesting facts about yourself that show off your personality.

She also gave a real key piece of advice, especially considering that this round of auditions will be held virtually: really perform. "Be sure to connect with the camera. Open your eyes. You might be auditioning from your bedroom or your living room, but you have to treat this as if you're on the Idol stage in front of millions of people," she said.

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Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan attend the premiere event for "American Idol" hosted by ABC at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on February 12, 2020 in Hollywood, California. The show announced that auditions for its fourth season will be held virtually. Getty/Jon Kopaloff