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‘American Idol’ holding Savannah auditions for final season

“American Idol” is returning to Georgia to recruit contestants for its 15th and final season.

Auditions are scheduled for July 22 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Arena in Savannah.

Singers between the ages of 15 and 28 must be in line by 8 a.m., but no overnight camping is allowed.

The competition is limited to U.S. citizens or legal residents who are eligible to work in the country. Two forms of identification are required to show proof of age, and at least one must have a photograph.

Contestants cannot have a recording or performing contract or any other binding agreement that would prevent them from participating in the show.

Do not wear trademarked clothing, or clothes bearing the likeness of celebrities, cartoon characters, sports teams or inscribed with profane or inappropriate messages.

Those auditioning also are urged to cover any visible tattoos.

Everyone should be prepared to sing two to three songs either without music or with your own instrumental accompaniment.

Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old. If the person is not the legal guardian, teens must have notarized approval from their guardian.

Everyone is urged to eat before lining up and to bring water, as the audition process can be long and food might not be available outside the venue.

Savannah is the second stop on the audition tour which kicked off Friday in Denver and will continue to Philadelphia; Little Rock, Arkansas; and San Francisco.

Those who are not able to travel to the audition cities can submit 15-second video entries through Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #TheNextIdol.

Filming for the show’s final season is expected to begin as soon as October or as late as December. More information can be found at www.americanidol.com.

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