"American Idol" has announced audition cities for the 2018-19 season, and Charlotte is one of 20 where the Idol Bus is making a stop: Auditions will take place in the Queen City on Friday, Aug. 31.
"Idol" was in Asheville last summer but hasn't been in the Charlotte area since 2012, when former judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey made headlines for a dust-up at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Otherwise, North Carolina has a pretty good track record on the show.
Before ABC revived the singing competition following a two-year hiatus, the Tar Heel State had produced three winners during the initial 15-season run. N.C. champs included High Point's Fantasia Barrino, followed by Garner's Scotty McCreery and Asheville's Caleb Johnson; no other state has had as much success getting singers to the end of the show.
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Five of the top 11 "Idol" sellers based on album sales are from North Carolina: Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, Clay Aiken, Barrino and McCreery.
This season, Maddie Poppe of Clarksville, Iowa, took the title in front of more than 8 million viewers and judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie (all of whom will return to the panel next season).
For a full list of audition cities and eligibility requirements: www.americanidol.com/auditions. Prospective contestants must be at least 15 years old.