July 21st, 2010
03:38 PM ET
Even "American Idol" isn't immune to Bieber fever.
Judge Randy Jackson told MTV News that the incredible success of the 16-year-old singing sensation is one of the reasons the TV talent contest has lowered its minimum age requirement from 16 to 15 years of age.
"You're seeing stars like Justin Bieber," said 54-year-old Jackson, who kicked off season 10 auditions in Nashville last week. "There's a lot of kids that are getting better earlier. It's great."
Fellow judge Kara DioGuardi, 39, added that they're not merely trying to find a Bieber knockoff.
"It could be a kid who's really young, who didn't even know he was that talented," she said, "or it could be someone that's a little bit older that, for whatever reason, it hasn't worked out yet."
"Ultimately," Jackson said, "It's about finding those great ones."
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