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‘American Idol’ Opens New Auditions On MySpace

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(AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The first online auditions for “American Idol” are open.

To mark the Fox TV show’s 10th anniversary, hopeful pop stars have the chance to submit an audition video at MySpace through Oct. 6.

The entries must be no longer than 40 seconds and chosen from a list of songs posted online, along with other audition guidelines, Fox said Wednesday. Contestants for the show must be between the ages of 15 and 28.

The song possibilities include Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” Keith Urban’s “Kiss a Girl” and Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana.”

A “select number” of people will move on to a tryout in Los Angeles, the network said, but didn’t specify how many.

In 2007, “American Idol” staged its first online contest, this one for songwriters.

Auditions held this summer in cities including Nashville, Tenn., and Austin, Texas, drew tens of thousands of people. Another tryout was added for Sept. 22 in Los Angeles.

The show’s next season starts in January and will feature a revamped judging panel. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are the front-runners to join Randy Jackson after the departures of Ellen DeGeneres, Simon Cowell and Kara DioGuardi.

Both Fox and MySpace are owned by media giant News Corp. Although “American Idol” hopes to stem a ratings dip to remain TV’s top-rated series, the crossover could be more valuable for the flagging social networking site: MySpace has seen its advertising revenues drop.

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