How old do you have to be to be on American Idol?

I'm obviously not old enough now, since I'm only 12, but in the future. The youngest person I've seen on there is Keven Covais, and he was I think 15 or 16.

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  • Belle
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    1 decade ago
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    This is borrowed from www.americanidol.com under Audition Rules:

    REQUIREMENTS

    You must be able to prove at the time of your audition, if any, 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; and

    You are 16 to 28 years old on August 6, 2006 (which means you must be born on or between August 7, 1977, and August 6, 1990). If you were born before or after this window, you are not eligible to participate this season.

    You are ineligible to participate if you progressed in any previous season of "American Idol" to any of the following levels:

    Season 1 – top 30 contestants

    Season 2 – top 32 contestants

    Season 3 – top 32 contestants

    Season 4 – top 44 contestants

    Season 5 – top 44 contestants

    If you are asked to audition for the semi-final rounds of the competition in the Los Angeles, California, area, you MUST be able to demonstrate (before departing for Los Angeles) that you do not have any of the following:

    a contract for talent representation (for example, a talent agent or manager);

    a music recording contract;

    an acting and/or modeling contract;

    a merchandising agreement; or,

    any other contractual arrangement that would prohibit you from entering into an exclusive management contract, recording contract, talent contract, acting contract and/or merchandising contract.

    You are ineligible if you, or any member of your immediate family and/or anyone living in your household, is an employee, officer, director, agent and/or representative of Fox Broadcasting Company, American Idol Productions, Inc., FremantleMedia North America, Inc., 19 TV Limited., CKX, Inc., Cingular, Telescope, Coca-Cola, the Ford Motor Company, Sony/BMG, production personnel for the television program, participating television stations, advertising agencies, corporate sponsors or any person or entity connected with the production, administration or judging of the auditions, or any of the parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents or representatives of any of the foregoing entities.

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  • 1 decade ago

    16

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    16

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  • 1 decade ago

    16

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  • 1 decade ago

    I've seen 14 and 15 year olds try out, but no one has really made it, I think the youngest was yeah like 15 or 16

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  • 1 decade ago

    I am pretty sure the age range is now 16-29 yrs old ... Singers your age could have tryed out for the kid edition but they only did one. I know that they wait for you to be older because your voice will change a little not as much as a boy your age but enough. Good Luck in the future and always follow your dreams!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Seems like there is a general concensus of about 16 - I am pretty sure I saw a 14 y.o. in the auditions on TV - however I have heard that you have to be younger than 30.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I'm not sure of the age limit, but there have been some that are 16 years old.

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  • 3 years ago

    American idol isn't too previous for me even although im Australian, i admire American idol although i wish we could convey lower back Australian Idol so i could get to computer screen the two variations

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  • 1 decade ago

    I think you have to be 16.

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