Attention all you future Fantasia Barrinos, all you would-be William Hungs: Now’s your chance. If you think you can succeed as spectacularly as Fantasia — or stink as memorably as Hung — you can audition for the fourth season of ”American Idol” starting in two weeks, in locations from Alaska to Florida. According to Fox, tryouts begin Aug. 4 in Cleveland, then move to Washington, D.C., on Aug. 18. Other cities on the tryout trail include Orlando (starting Aug. 26), New Orleans (Aug. 31), Las Vegas (Sept. 12), Anchorage (Sept. 28), and San Francisco (Oct. 5). There will also be a stop in St. Louis, on a date yet to be named.
In recent days, the ”Idol” producers have announced a rule change that may add some maturity to the contestant pool by raising the upper limit on eligibility to age 28, expanding the age range by four years. However, unseasoned Jasmine Trias and John Stevens emulators may still make the cut, as the minimum age is still 16. Season 4 premieres in January.