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Contestants ham it up for the camera for “American Idol” Chicago auditions in 2012 at the United Center. | Sun-Times file

Revived ‘American Idol’ to audition singers in Chicago, elsewhere

SHARE Revived ‘American Idol’ to audition singers in Chicago, elsewhere
SHARE Revived ‘American Idol’ to audition singers in Chicago, elsewhere

With the revival of “American Idol” comes a need for hundreds of new contestants, and Chicago is one of the cities where producers hope to find a potential winner later this summer.

Two buses will cross the country looking for singers, ABC announced Monday, starting with Aug. 17 stops in Portland, Oregon, and Orlando, Florida. A separate open audition is planned in Chicago on Sept. 11, at a venue not yet announced.

Contestants also may apply online, and videos are being accepted now at www.americanidol.com. Singers ages 15 to 28 are eligible.

A year after “Idol’s” run on Fox ended with the crowning of season 15 winner Trent Harmon, ABC announced it is bringing back the competition with a judging panel including pop star Katy Perry.

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