American Idol Lowers Age Limit to 15 Years Old; Cowell Replacement Still Unknown

american-idolProducers of the hit reality singing competition American Idol announced Monday, June 21, that they are lowering the age limit for contestants to 15 years old.

The announcement changes the age range from 16-28 years old to 15-28 years old. Before season 4, the age range was 16-24 years old.

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

Meanwhile, no news yet on who will be replacing Simon Cowell as judge for the show.

Auditions for season 10 starts on July 17 at Nashville, Tennessee, followed by Milwaukee, New Orleans on July 21, New Orleans, Louisiana, on July 26, and then East Rutherford, New Jersey on August 3, Austin, Texas on August 11 and San Francisco, California on August 19. These are the mass try-outs and the judges are not yet taking part at this stage of the competition.

Panel of judge’s auditions will be scheduled sometime in September. Chances are that guest judges may be invited again if Cowell’s replacement has not been finalized by that time.