Ruben is "Soulful"
American Idol Raises Maximum Age Limit
Okay gang. American Idol got it half right, at least. Now if they would only raise the minimum age too!
July 16, 2004 | LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The age limit for "American Idol" contenders has been raised, but not by much.
Two years has been added to the maximum age for the talent competition, which had been 26, Fox TV said Thursday. The minimum is 16.
Prompting the change: The fact that so many impressive people older than previously allowed had to be turned away, said Fox programming chief Gail Berman.
"I'm sure there are people who are tremendously talented above that but we're talking about people who hope to have pop careers afterward," Berman told the Television Critics Association.
Auditions for the fourth season begin Aug. 4 in Cleveland. Other tryouts, which will continue through Oct. 5, will be held in Washington, D.C.; Orlando, Fla.; St. Louis; New Orleans; Las Vegas; Anchorage; and San Francisco.
Past winners include Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard and Fantasia Barrino. The hit series returns in January.
Despite viewer complaints that congested telephone lines made it difficult for them to vote in the competition, no changes are planned, Berman said.
"The phone system is probably the most sophisticated phone system ever put together in the country. It allows for the most participation that we could figure out how to do in a household," Berman said.
Limiting homes to one call each would prevent individual family members from backing their favorite, she added.
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Ruben is "Soulful"
Actually, I think the AP story may have a fact wrong. I think the maximum age has been 25. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, please.
This seems wrong, the previous age was 24. I am guessing that it is now 26.
Fox also announced yesterday that contestants can now be as old as 28 to enter the wildly popular talent show "American Idol." The previous age cap was 26.
"It allows us to pull in a wider talent pool," said Keith Hindle, New York-based vice president of marketing for "Idol" producers Fremantle Media North America.
Network suits and producers, however, did not move up the minimum age requirement of 16. Show judges — most notably Simon "Mr. Nasty" Cowell — had begged Fox and producers to make contestants be at least 18.
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