American Idol Auditions: 2012 Forms and Requirements Released

We’ve finally received the American Idol auditions details for 2012 including all the release forms for registration, audition requirements, and the audition FAQs. Lots of really important information included in these documents so if you’re serious about going to one of the seven audition events for season 11 to try out then you need to thoroughly read these.

American Idol 2012 Audition documents:

Here are a few of the most important highlights from the requirements document pertaining to age and citizenship questions:

You must be able to prove at the time of your registration and audition that:

  • You are a legal U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. resident who is eligible to work full-time in the United States
  • You are 15 to 28 years old on June 26, 2011 (which means you must be born on or between June 27, 1982 and June 26, 1996). If you were born before or after this window, you are not eligible to participate this season.

We’ve had a lot of questions from those who are too young asking if it’s okay if they still come out and audition for American Idol 2012. Hopefully that age requirement makes it completely clear for those wondering.

One interesting thing to note is the FAQ document’s reference to a Los Angeles audition event having a shortened registration window. The document then lists the seven audition locations and none of them are Los Angeles. So that’s either a left over copy&paste error from last year’s document or an LA event has been planned but not announced or it was dropped from their list. Weird.

Let us know if you’re going to any of the auditions. We’d love to see pics or hear reports on how your try out went. Best of luck to everyone who goes!




  1. I am going to audition in Pittsburgh and I was curious what time to be there for registration

    • I’m not going to answer that because it’s already answered in the documentation linked above in the article.

      If you want to try out, but are too lazy to read for 30 seconds, then you might want to reconsider.

      • And after you get a 100+ questions from people too lazy to read for themselves, skip over all the answers they need, and ask the same question over and over you’d understand.

        I wonder if the same people ask the waiter to chew their food for them first and then drop it down their throats.

    • I auditioned last year, I went the day before auditions to get my papers and wrist band. Then, the morning of auditions be in the line asap. We went at 7:30 and we were close to the end of the line. Good luck to ya!!!!!:)

  2. I turn 15 literally 5 days after that date so do i still hav to wait a whole nother year?

  3. Hello, I was wondering how come you guys are not having any auditions in Florida?


    • You’d have to ask American Idol that. We’re a fan site and don’t have anything to do with auditions (or any other part of the show).

  4. Ummm yeah.. the age requirement is 14 to age 30…
    Haven’t you watched the show for season 11?

    This information is wrong. See official rules requirement stating ages 15 to 28 years old. – Admin

  5. Hi, my name is Gabrielle I am trying out in San Deago I want to know the exact time I am supposed to be there for registration, or what is the best time I should be there? I know it says everyone can start lining up at 5:00am but someone told me they were going to line up at 3:00. And I also want to know if I need to like paper clip pictures of me on my registration form or should I bring pictures of me at all?

  6. they only go to one place in each state, right, say… p.a.. they will only go to pittsburgh, and that is all.. am i correct?

  7. i my name is junette leneus, i wonder if there is no audition for miami this season.because i would like to audition for the show.

  8. so for the try outs on july 15 i wanna go whn i get off but it will take me about 2 hours wht time do they close

  9. Okay, Sorry But I Am A Little Confused. I CAN Try Out Next Season (2012) Right? I Turn 15 October 30, 2011. Sorry If This Has Been Asked Already. Thanks.

    • You have to wait and see what they do next year. They could change the age requirements then. All we know is what they require for this next season.

  10. it has been my dream to participate in American Idol. but there is a problem does it mean i can’t cos am not an American?

  11. I have always wanted to try out for American Idol, but i am soo scared of getting up in front of people. But i admire everyone who does it, and especially the ones who win the show. Keep up the good work!

  12. Hello I’m 15 years old, from Richmond California. I’ve been singing since I was 2years old. I really want to make it on that stage with a sky full of audience. I want to be the first person in my family to accomplish their goals. I only have one parwnt at the time, wich is my mom. I have 3 other siblings also; oldest is andrew , 18 mentally challenged; younger sister 11 Kayla, who is as well. And Ashton 3 . We are poor but NEVER GIVE UP. …… SO YUP ONE DAY YOU GUYS WILL SEE ME SING MY SOUL OUT ON STAGE. ūüôā

    • hi my name is sharon i hope to see you win the whole show god bless you and your family ill be watching for you im in Indiana good luck

  13. Hello!! I’m tenishia I live in a very small town call Camden it’s so small if you blank your eyes you have mist the hole town.I love singing my mom have always told me that I was mint to be a star I didn’t believe her. Until now as I sing i see now what she have always been telling me I no now I can sing and I thank my God for giving me the gift of singing. Because I can sing,

  14. I awlays loved sinning it’s my dream iv tried pleaseeeee I will do anything I will put my best effort forward

  15. Just wanted to let u know Matt- ik ppl are hatin and I’ll probably never try out for American idol (and ik ur gonna be like ‘well then why’s this ho commenting’ lol) but I gotta give u props for dealin with the “american idiots”

  16. i would like to try out for american idol i know its perty impossible to be heard but i still would like to try or ill regret it for the rest of my life is it to late???? its 1/1/2012

    • It’s too late to audition for season 11 but there will be more auditions in the summer of 2012 for season 12. Audition cities and dates are usually announced and posted after the current season. Just be sure to watch the show and periodically check the website for updates. Also, it is not guaranteed but it is pretty easy to be heard during the audition process. I was pretty late to register for Season 10 and although I had to wait nearly 11 hours on audition day, I did get to try out. However, I did learn that audition positions are determined by time of registration, so the earlier you register, the earlier you audition and the better your chances of being heard. I hope this helps, and good luck this summer!

  17. What if I wanna try for season 12 but I want an agent? where can I get one from San Diego? ūüôā

  18. I know you guys never read these things but just in case you do, would I still be able to audition if I were 13 I know young but since I was little i’ve been wanted to become a singer and travel all over the world. Hope you guys read this!

  19. i¬†am¬† stephanie homberg 11 years old and i have been singing since i was3 and i am not sure if i am good as a singer …yea my family says i am but who knows¬† i like to know but there shows but i am to young . can i have suggestions.

  20. Can I just say, Matt your being very rude. It was your decision to work for this website, so don’t make excuses like “well after 100 questions…” like these people just want a friendly clear response from you. Take a pill.

    • I don’t really care if you think I’m being rude. I’ve already provided all the information any of them need, but instead of doing a bit of work themselves and, gasp, reading the details above they skip down and ask the same dumb questions. ¬†

      They don’t want a “friendly, clear response,” they want to be spoonfed the info because they’re lazy.

  21. Hi, I am interested in auditioning for American Idol season 12. I know that previously the age restiction has been 15- 28. I am hoping this will change for 2012. I am 29. I know that the age limit was recently lowered to 15. Is there a way to have them raise it to 30? 

  22. i would like the age requirement to be 14 because that is the age i’m turning july 20th so if any one from american idol is reading this please make it 14.

  23. Why is there a age limit there are people out there that¬†are ¬†¬†so much more talented out there ¬†than¬†just ¬†15 to 26 year olds! people of all ages should be able to aduition. I have given talent shows before similar to American Idol¬† but on a much smaller scale¬†with no age limits .¬† I had a¬† special show case and¬†special rules for childen 5 to 11¬† and teens 12 to 17¬†for axample¬†”EVERY”¬†CHILD WINS¬†A¬†PRIZE¬†FOR¬†THEIR¬†EFFORT!!! but if that child is especially¬†gifted in his or her talent¬†they would win a trip to Disney and a trophy. for the children ¬†you wold hear ¬†no boos comming from ¬†the ¬†audience¬† just an applause . and the adults what ever age had their own show case on a different day and month the adults for example¬†, the adults 18 and over¬†would win¬†¬†a¬† ¬†trophy and money¬† and shopping cards exc but for the adults judging was much toupher it was almost like Simon¬†was there him self and if we had the money we would have for ¬†the especially talented to go to Hollywood or get a recording contract with the recod company of their choice. but we didn’t so we did wht we could .we had no age discriminations. just wnt to know why do American Idol discriminates on age!

  24. The South Central Fairgrounds  in Chase City, Va. is planning to hold AI type auditions for the 2013 show with the best two contestants getting all expense paid trips to the official regional American Idol auditions. Our auditions will take place in the summer of 2012.
       Any questions or audition tapes can be sent to
    @yahoo:disqus    The audition contestants who  meet the requirements of American Idol will be sent to the official AI tryouts. If the winners fail to meet the requirements of AI, a cash prize of $600.00 will be substituted.
       For a registration form, please send your contact information.
       There is a $20.00 entry fee.

  25. iam  goin   to    audition    for   american idol   cause i   watched   the  show  so many   time    every   day  and   night   it   comes   on  and   i  been  wannin    to   try   all  my    life   so   if  you   help   me    get  on  this  show   i    will   give  you   the   chance     to  hear  my   amazin    voice   cause  i  was   always   a  american  idol   fan    so     please   pick   me    i   love   you    much    see  ya bye love   danielle  greene

  26. hello¬†¬†iam¬† danielle¬†¬† nicol’ greene¬†¬† and¬†¬† i¬† live¬† in¬† rogers¬† arkansas¬†¬† iam¬†¬† 25¬† years¬†¬† old¬†¬† and i’ve¬†¬† been¬†¬† singin¬†¬† since¬†¬† i¬† was¬† 6¬†¬†¬† love¬†¬† watchin¬† american¬† idol ever¬† since¬† it¬†¬† always¬†¬† came¬† on¬† and¬† i¬† would¬† get¬†¬† up¬†¬†¬† and¬† dance¬†¬† /¬† sing¬† with¬† the¬†¬† songs¬† that¬†¬†¬† i¬†¬† hear¬†¬†¬† on¬† the¬†¬† show¬†¬† and¬†¬† use¬†¬† to¬† be¬† ina¬†¬† high¬† school¬†¬† choir¬†¬† and¬†¬† i sing¬† in¬† the¬† talent¬† shows¬† and¬†¬†songs¬† that¬† relate¬†¬† to¬† me¬†¬†¬† is¬†reason¬†¬† why¬†¬†¬† i¬†¬† feel¬†¬† that¬†¬† music¬†¬† thing¬† that¬†¬†¬† keeps¬† me¬†¬† sane¬†¬† so¬†¬†what¬† i¬† would¬† love¬†¬†¬† for¬†¬† is¬†¬†be¬†¬† apart¬† of¬† something¬†¬†¬† that¬†¬† i¬† love¬† to¬† do¬†¬† most¬†¬† and¬† if¬†¬† american¬†¬† idol¬†¬† would¬†¬† come¬†¬† to¬† arkansas¬†¬† to¬† hear¬†¬† my¬† beautiful¬†¬†¬† voice¬†¬† it¬† would¬† be¬†¬† the¬†¬†¬† coolest¬† thing¬†¬†¬† ever¬†¬†¬† and¬†¬†my¬†¬† mother¬†¬† would¬†¬†be¬† so¬† proud¬†¬† so¬†¬† dont¬†¬† to¬†¬† write¬† me¬† back¬†¬†¬† cause¬†¬† i¬† really¬†¬†¬† want¬† this¬†¬†so¬†¬†¬† take¬† care¬†¬† i¬†¬† love¬† you much¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† see¬†¬† ya¬† bye¬† !

  27. I really wanna audition but there isn’t no one 2 take me I knw hw 2 sing really well I jst wanted 2 knw why do we need a parent to come wit us

  28. My name is Jennifer Roberts and I am auditioning in OKC this next week…. It will be the last year I can audition seeing as I am going to be 28 in October. ūüôĀ I have never auditioned for it before but I decided That I had better or else I would wonder for the rest of my life. Good luck to all those auditioning in Oklahoma Friday!! ūüôā thank you for this very helpful website. Answered ALL of my questions. ūüôā

  29. can you please lower the audition age to 13 please? I will come on the show if you do. signed –Ryan Leslie– # 1 fan

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