The latest American Idol alum to sign up for the franchise’s summer camp extension? Season 5 finalist Paris Bennett, who will join Season 4 runner-up Bo Bice, Season 5’s Ace Young and Season 3’s Jon Peter Lewis as a mentor to 150 Idol hopefuls. Now in its second year, Idol Camp takes place in Running Springs, Calif., and is comprised of five two-week sessions, kicking off on June 15 and wrapping on August 23. It’s open to kids between the ages of 10 and 15 and does not require an audition, but parents should take note of the camp’s disclaimer:

Limited enrollment into Idol Camp DOES NOT GUARANTEE entrance into the “American Idol” television series competition, nor will it provide inside information or any other advantage in the “American Idol” audition process.

Well, if your kid’s crafty, surely some information can be gleaned from our very chatty blogger, JPL, who’s making his second appearance at the camp? And why is this not a reality show in its own right? The final deadline for applications is April 18th. Kids, start practicing!

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