Fox talent show “American Idol” will hold auditions in Charlotte for the first time in June.
Tryouts will be June 19 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Registration will be held the previous two days, the show’s producers say.
Typically, crowds in the tens of thousands turn out on audition days. Hopefuls are viewed by teams of producers, who decide which acts will advance to the show’s judges in front of cameras.
North Carolina was the site of an “Idol” audition in 2005 when Kellie Pickler of Albemarle and Bucky Covington of Hamlet tried out in Greensboro and made it on the show. Another Carolina contestant that season was Chris Daughtry, who lived near Greensboro but auditioned in Denver.
Charleston was an audition site for the show’s seventh and 11th seasons.
Other audition cities this summer include Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, Newark, N.J., and New Orleans.
More info: americanidol.com.