The bus is coming to Buffalo

American Idol returns to ABC and WKBW this winter, and they're looking for the best talent Buffalo has to offer.

Idol producers will be holding open auditions in Buffalo on September 9th, 2018 at Canalside beginning at 9 a.m.

Want to show off your singing skills?

You can register for the open call auditions in Buffalo by clicking this link here. You can also register the day of at the event, but if doing so you should arrive as soon as possible. You'll also need to sign a personal release, which you can print by clicking here.

Can't make it to the auditions? You can also register by uploading a video of you singing online by clicking this link here.

Join us on September 9th as we broadcast LIVE from Canalside ahead of the American Idol auditions from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

What to bring to Registration


You MUST bring a photograph of yourself and a valid form of ID to registration that show proof of your age (for example, a driver's license, state ID card, or a school ID card). After showing proper ID, you will be given a wristband (or some other form of identification) and a seat ticket (if applicable). You will be allowed to have one (1) person accompany you to the audition; however, THAT PERSON MUST ALSO BE PRESENT WITH YOU DURING CHECK-IN/REGISTRATION SO THAT WE CAN ISSUE THEM A WRISTBAND (OR SOME OTHER FORM OF IDENTIFICATION) AND SEAT TICKET (IF APPLICABLE). Remember, if you wait until late in the day on audition day to register, you will be one of the last people to register, and we may run out of space or time to accommodate you.

If you will be under 18 years of age on the day of auditions, a parent and/or legal guardian MUST accompany you to the registration and audition. In addition, your parent or legal guardian must bring a valid government-issued photo ID (for example, a driver’s license).

If you are accompanied by a legal guardian, as opposed to a parent, your legal guardian must bring proof of guardianship (for example, a court order). If your parent or legal guardian is not available to accompany you to the audition, your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) may appoint a guardian to accompany you to the audition. YOUR APPOINTED GUARDIAN MUST BE AT LEAST 21 YEARS OF AGE AND MUST ACCOMPANY YOU TO THE LOCATION FOR THE AUDITION. In order to appoint a guardian, your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must complete, sign and have NOTARIZED the Guardian and Medical Authorization for Minors form which can be found here

Your appointed guardian must also sign this form and have his or her signature notarized. Your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must also sign the attached Personal Release. If you bring an appointed guardian, you MUST bring the signed and notarized Guardian and Medical Authorization for Minors and signed Personal Release forms with you to the audition, along with your Page 4 of 12 appointed guardian, who must remain with you at all times. Your appointed guardian must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (for example, a driver’s license) to registration and the audition. NOTE: Only auditioners under 18 years of age bringing an appointed guardian need to do the following: 1) complete, sign, notarize, and bring the Guardian and Medical Authorization for minors form to the audition; and 2) complete, sign and bring the Personal Release to the audition. Auditioners under 18 years of age bringing a parent and/or legal guardian do NOT need to complete a Guardian and Medical Authorization for Minors form.

Eligibility Requirements

1. On June 1, 2018 you must be 15 to 28 years old (which means you must be born on or between June 2, 1989 and June 1, 2003). If you were born before or after this window, you are not eligible to participate this season.

2. You must be a legal U.S. resident with the unrestricted right to work in the United States throughout the entire competition portion of the Program and through the term of any post show agreements provided by Producer or any of the other Program Entities (as defined below).

3. You may not have been one of the Top 10 contestants on Season 1 of the Program on ABC.

4. To accept an invitation to participate in the competition portion of the Program (currently scheduled to begin in January 2019), you must be able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of Producer that you do not have any contractual arrangement that would prohibit you from fully participating in the show and/or entering into any contracts required by Producer, including, but not limited to, an exclusive recording contract, merchandising contract, a live and/or global touring agreement and an exclusive management contract (subject to paragraph 5 below).

5. In the event that you already have a management contract prior to your first audition in front of the Program judges, the requirement to enter into a management contract shall not apply to you provided that you can demonstrate to the satisfaction of Producer and 19 Entertainment that such contract commenced prior to the date of your first audition in front of the Program judges. By accepting an invitation to be a participant, you must timely complete and return such participant agreements, releases and all exhibits, schedules and attachments thereto that will be furnished to you by Producer and/or 19 Entertainment. Page 2 of 12

6. You must not currently be a candidate for public office and must agree not to become a candidate for public office until one (1) year after the initial exhibition of the final episode of the Program in which you appear (if selected to participate).

7. As of May 5, 2018 and continuing through the completion of the competition, neither you nor any of your immediate family members or members of your household (whether related or not), may be an employee, officer or director of: (a) NEG Operations Inc. and all majority owned subsidiaries (including, but not limited to, 19 Entertainment Limited, 19 Entertainment, Inc., 19 Touring LLC, 19 Recordings Limited and 19 TV Limited) (collectively, the “19 Companies”); (b) American Idol Productions, Inc. (“Producer”); (c) American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. (“ABC”); (d) FremantleMedia North America, Inc. (“FremantleMedia”); (e) Telescope Inc.; (f) any of the foregoing entities’ respective parents, subsidiaries or affiliated companies; (g) any person or entity involved in the casting, auditions, development, production, distribution, or other exploitation of the Program or any variation thereof; (h) any known, major sponsor of the Program; or (i) any person or entity supplying services or prizes to the Program. The entities described in the preceding sentence shall be referred to herein, individually and collectively, as the “Program Entities.”

8. You must accurately complete all documents provided by Producer, any of the other Program Entities or any other entity providing services to the Program.

Please note that in order to enjoy the full benefit of any prize offered as part of the Program, you must be a legal U.S. resident with the unrestricted right to work in the United States throughout the entire competition portion of the Program and through the term of any post show agreements provided by Producer or any of the other Program Entities.

Producer has the sole discretion to make determinations of contestant eligibility, which are binding and final in all respects, and Producer reserves the right to change any of the eligibility requirements at any time.

In addition, you acknowledge and agree that Producer has the sole discretion at any time to render ineligible and disqualify any person who, in Producer’s sole discretion, is sufficiently acquainted with the development, production, administration, judging, exhibition or other exploitation of the Program such that his or her participation in the Program could create the appearance of impropriety.

Producer reserves the right to allow any eligible person to participate in the American Idol® competition regardless of where, how, and/or whether they participated in the audition process.

Have more questions about the process? Check out the full list of requirements and frequently asked questions by clicking here

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