Mom, Can You Drive Me? 'American Idol' Drops Minimum Age to 15

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Could your kid be the next Bieber? Credit: George Pimentel, WireImage


Think your kid is the next Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas or Miley Cyrus? Send 'em straight to this summer's "American Idol" auditions.

For its upcoming 10th season, Fox's hit singing competition is lowering it's minimum age requirement from 16 to 15. Of course, Biber, Jonas and Cyrus are already 16, 17 and 17, respectively, but they all hit it big before they were allowed to drive.

"A lot of young, talented people are now seeking careers and representation before they turn 16," says Cecile Frot-Coutaz, "Idol" executive producer, in a news release. "Lowering the age limit allows us to tap into this talent pool."
It also allows the show -- which saw a dip in its ratings last season -- to appeal to the frenzied tween market. Plus, younger contestants have a history of doing quite well on the show. Jordin Sparks was just 17 when she was named the winner of season six, David Archuleta was also 17 when he was runner up in season seven and Allison Iraheta was 16 when she placed fourth in season 8.

The auditions are set to begin July 17 in Nashville, Tenn., continuing on in Milwaukee, New Orleans, East Rutherford, N.J., Austin, Texas and San Francisco.

Oh, and fyi, the maximum age to enter is 28. Can you say ancient?

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