Tentative American Idol 5 audition schedule posted

Buried in the rules for auditioning are the dates that six cities will host auditions for American Idol 5. Auditions begin August 18 and end Sept. 16. The specific locations and dates are as follows:

San Francisco, California
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Cow Palace

Austin, Texas
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Frank C. Erwin, Jr., Special Events Center

Boston, Massachusetts
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Gillette Stadium

Memphis, Tennessee
Monday, September 5, 2005
FedEx Forum

Denver, Colorado
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Pepsi Center

Chicago, Illinois
Friday, September 16, 2005
Soldier Field

Those between 16 and 28 (specifically, people who were born between August 16, 1976, and August 15, 1989) can audition. The rules also discuss restrictions about what you can wear to the auditions. Logos are prohibited, as are “clothing items that reveal any tattoos.”

American Idol Season 5 – Rules [idolonfox.com]

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