AMERICAN IDOL - American Idol contestants arrive at the kickoff bus tour auditions at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Aug. 25, 2018. The tour search for the next singing sensation began at ESPN Wide World of Sports and is officially underway in more than 20 cities across America, offering hopefuls the chance to audition for a shot at superstardom. ÒAmerican IdolÓ returns for its second season on ABC (2018-2019). (ABC/Steven Diaz)
Photo: Steven Diaz/ABC
Photo: Steven Diaz/ABC

‘American Idol’ notes: auditions, Carrie Underwood, Fantasia, Adam Lambert

Originally posted Thursday, June 6, 2019 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

“American Idol” auditions for the third season on ABC in 2020 begins at CMAFest this weekend.

But the schedule is mostly July through September. The closest to Atlanta is Macon on August 23. There are two bus tours going on simultaneously and you could also just place your audition online

New York, NY - July 23
Mobile, AL - August 20
Macon, GA - August 23
Tallahassee, FL - August 23
Santa Barbara, CA - August 23
Baton Rouge, LA - August 25
Columbia, SC - August 26
Las Vegas, NV - August 26
Waco, TX - August 27
Knoxville, TN - August 29
Salt Lake City, UT - August 29
Colorado Springs, CO - September 1
Raleigh, NC - September 1
Washington, D.C. - September 4
Wichita, KS - September 4
San Jose, CA - September 6
Pittsburgh, PA - September 7
Springfield, IL - September 7
Spokane, WA - September 8
Detroit, MI - September 10

The trio of judges will then meet up with contestants at unnamed cities later in the fall. We still don’t know for sure who those judges will be. None of the judges have been finalized. 

If you were born between June 2, 1990 and June 1, 2004, your are eligible for the show. If you were born in the 1980s, sorry, you’re officially too old. The youngest people eligible were born after Fantasia was crowned. 

Anybody who didn’t make the top 10 in a previous season is still eligible, which was helpful to Laine Hady, who was in the top 24 in 2018 and won this past season. 


Speaking of Fantasia, she performed the NBA finals Game 2 National Anthem: 


NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JUNE 05: Carrie Underwood performs during 2019 CMT Music Awards at The Parthenon in Centennial Park on June 05, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for CMT)
Photo: Erika Goldring/Getty Images for CMT

Carrie Underwood pocketed two more CMT Awards last night for best female video for “Love Wins” and video of the year for “Cry Pretty.”

She has won more CMT Awards than any artist in history: 20. 

She will be at State Farm Arena in Atlanta October 19 as part of her “Cry Pretty “ tour

She performed “Southbound” on CMT, which is now No. 28 on the Mediabase 24/7 country airplay chart. 


Adam Lambert sang “New Eyes” on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. The song so far is getting no radio airplay, according to Mediabase 24/7. 


Laine Hardy performed “The Flame” on “The Jimmy Kimmel Show.” The song was played last week by just three country stations nationwide, according to Mediabase 24/7. 


NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JUNE 05: Lauren Alaina attends the 2019 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 05, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)
Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

Lauren Alaina’s 2019 tour includes dates in Canada, the U.K. and the United States. That includes a Buckhead Theatre stop in Buckhead October 24, 2019. Her most recent single “Ladies in the 90s” peaked at No. 34 on the Mediabase 24/7 country airplay chart. 


Danny Gokey’s “Haven’t Seen It Yet” is at No. 3 on the Christian AC chart. He still has a shot at his third No. 1 hit. His No. 1 Christian airplay hits to date are “Hope in Front of Me,” “Rise” and “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again.” He now has 10 top 20 hits on the Christian charts going back to 2014. He is now the most successful Christian artist who appeared in the top 10 of “American Idol.” 

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.