Memphis audition for American Idol 5 cancelled

As a result of the “the extensive disaster relief efforts currently being coordinated in” Memphis after Hurricane Katrina, FOX is cancelling the American Idol 5 auditions that would have taken place Monday.

In a press release, FOX says,

“The city of Memphis has taken on the responsibility of taking in tens of thousands of refugees from Hurricane Katrina, and out of respect for the city’s citizens, their public services, and the need to focus public safety efforts on the victims, this decision was made.”

Auditions there will not be rescheduled; instead, “[a]nother audition city for this season will be announced shortly,” the release says. The next auditions are in Denver on Sept. 11 and Chicago on Sept. 16.

“American Idol” Auditions in Memphis Cancelled [FOX press release]
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