American Idol Desperate for Viewers

June 21, 2010 By:
American Idol Desperate for Viewers

American Idol is pulling out all the stops now that the backbone of the show is gone. It’s obvious that Simon Cowell’s absence will mean a big dip in the ratings for next season.

Producers have therefore started thinking of ideas to lock in viewers. According to Entertainment Weekly, Idol bosses are lowering the age of contestants to 15, rather than 16.

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Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Idol's executive producer, said in a statement, “A lot of young, talented people are now seeking careers and representation before they turn 16. Lowering the age limit allows us to tap into this talent pool.”

Casting kicks off next month, and they’ll be hitting up 6 different cities in search for the next batch of talent. We think the decision to lower the age range is a little strange, seeing as though most of the final contestants lately are their twenties. Rarely is there a young contestant so good that we think they could actually win the whole thing.

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The only young contestant (in our eyes) who had a shot at winning it all was David Archuleta! But hey, we understand the executives’ need to pull out all the stops to reel in viewers! Here are the audition dates below:

Nashville, TN: Saturday, July 17, Bridgestone Arena

Milwaukee, WI: Wednesday, July 21, Bradley Center

New Orleans, LA: Monday, July 26, TBA

East Rutherford, NJ: Tuesday, Aug. 3, IZOD Center

Austin, TX: Wednesday, Aug. 11, Frank Erwin Center

San Francisco, CA: Thursday, Aug. 19, AT&T Park