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BRIEF: 'American Idol' auditions coming to Minneapolis

May 8, 2014

By Amy Carlson Gustafson, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.

May 08--"American Idol" is holding auditions starting next month for its 14th season and the show's first stop is in Minneapolis.

On June 18, representatives from Fox's long-running TV singing competition will set up shop at Mariucci Arena at the University of Minnesota. The line to audition opens at 6 a.m. with wristbands and tickets (which are required to audition) distributed beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. Contestants must be between 15- to 28-years old as of June 1. You can find more information, including forms and requirements, online at

Additional audition cities include New Orleans (June 25); Uniondale, N.Y. (July 23); Nashville (July 30) and San Francisco (Sept. 29).

The last time "American Idol" held auditions in the Twin Cities was at the Target Center in September 2006. Folks who made it through that first round of auditions went onto sing in front of the judges (Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell) a few days later at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Amy Carlson Gustafson can be reached at 651-228-5561. Follow her at


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