American Idol reaches out to guitar players: “Now you can audition with your guitar!”

The 12th season of American Idol was the first in years to not be won by a guitar-playing white male (“WGWG,” as the Idol community nicknamed them), but the show is making sure that any contestants with guitars really feel welcome for its next season.

The Fox show’s web site announced this yesterday with a headline that declares: Now You Can Audition With Your Guitar! Finally!

There is a caveat, though, which is that auditioners have to prove they can sing without a guitar first: “each audition MUST start with an a capella piece and hopefuls will only be able to use their guitars after the a capella audition at the discretion of the producers,” the site says.

Cattle call auditions start tomorrow, and the show is also accepting online auditions.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.