June 21st, 2010
04:10 PM ET
Change is coming to “American Idol.”
The show’s host, Ryan Seacrest, sent a cryptic tweet on Sunday announcing the audition cities as well as a coming announcement.
“Just got audition cities for @americanidol 10: Nashville, Milwaukee, New Orleans, E. Rutherford, Austin & S.F.,” Seacrest posted on Twitter. “Tmrw [sic] announcing a big change!”
Turns out the change is that the age limit for aspiring contestants has been lowered from 16 to 15, as Seacrest later tweeted Monday.
“A lot of young, talented people are now seeking careers and representation before they turn 16,” said "Idol's" executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz in a statement posted on Seacrest’s site. “Lowering the age limit allows us to tap into this talent pool.”
Could this be an attempt to bolster ratings that last season started to slide? And is it a good idea to open the competition to those younger than 16?
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