In celebration of American Idol’s 15th anniversary, which also marks the birth year of this season’s youngest eligible contestant, the producers announced today the start of auditions for the new season of the show, which will be broadcast from its new home on ABC. The nationwide search for the next superstar kicks off on Thursday, August 17 as the Idol Bus jumps into gear across America, offering hopefuls the chance to audition for a shot at superstardom.

From Portland, Oregon, to Orlando, Florida, “American Idol” will search every corner of the nation in its pursuit for talent. Auditioning has never been easier, with the series also taking to the internet, offering hopefuls the opportunity to submit audition videos online at www.americanidol.com or by showing off their talent via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Musical.ly using the hashtag #TheNextIdol.

“American Idol” auditions will be held as follows (subject to change):

West Bus Tour                                                           East Bus Tour
Portland, OR – Aug 17                                             Orlando, FL – Aug 17
Oakland, CA – Aug 20                                             Miami, FL – Aug 19
Provo, UT – Aug 23                                                 Atlanta, GA – Aug 22
Denver, CO – Aug 26                                               Charleston, SC – Aug 25
Omaha, NE – Aug 29                                               Asheville, NC – Aug 27
Tulsa, OK – Sept 1                                                  Louisville, KY – Aug 30
Shreveport, LA – Sept 4                                          Pittsburgh, PA – Sept 3
Muscle Shoals, AL – Sept 7                                      Annapolis, MD – Sept 5
Boston, MA – Sept 8
Open Audition Cities
Chicago, IL – Sept 11
New Orleans, LA – Sept 14

You must be at least 15 years old to audition and no older than 28 years old. Visit www.americanidol.com for more details on specific audition locations, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, terms and conditions.