Are you the next American Idol? The audition bus is coming to Richmond


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — American Idol’s bus tour auditions are coming to Richmond ahead of the show’s second season on ABC!

Following the success of the first season of “American Idol” on ABC, the singing competition series announced the list of audition cities for the second season on Wednesday.

The bus will stop in Richmond on September 3, 2018. The auditions will take place at Main Street Station, located at 1500 E. Main Street in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom.

8News held an ‘RVA Idol’ contest and invited five finalists to the 8News studio for a sing-off. The winner was awarded a Silver Ticket to attend a to-be-determined Idol judge city to sing for Idol producers. 

The four other finalists received front-of-the-line passes for when the tour bus makes a stop in #RVA next week. 

Not a winner? You can still show up at Main Street Station for the open auditions. But get there early — the highly-anticipated event is expected to draw thousands to downtown Richmond.

American Idol Tour Bus Stops: 

  • Aug. 25 – Orlando, FL
  • Aug. 25 – San Diego, CA
  • Aug. 28 – Chattanooga, TN
  • Aug. 28 – Scottsdale, AZ
  • Aug. 31 – Charlotte, NC
  • Aug. 31 – Albuquerque, NM
  • Aug. 31 – Seattle, WA
  • Sept. 2 – Boise, ID
  • Sept. 3 – Richmond, VA
  • Sept. 3 – Plano, TX
  • Sept. 4 – Houston, TX
  • Sept. 6 – Austin, TX
  • Sept. 6 – Philadelphia, PA
  • Sept. 6 – Oklahoma City, OK
  • Sept. 9 – Buffalo, NY
  • Sept. 9 – Kansas City, MO
  • Sept. 9 – Shreveport, LA
  • Sept. 12 – Columbus, OH
  • Sept 12 – Little Rock, AR
  • Sept. 15 – Charleston, WV

To audition, you must be at least 15 years old. In addition to auditioning in-person, hopefuls can also submit audition videos online or show off their talent via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or using the hashtag #TheNextIdol.

Click here for more details on specific audition locations, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, terms and conditions.

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