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As announced last month, Fox is changing up the format for Season 12 auditions for American Idol. Not only are small-town auditions being incorporated by bus tour, but fans are also invited to participate in a “Nominate an Idol” program.

An official information sheet for the program is available at, and submissions are now being accepted. Nominations are “top secret,” and the questionnaire asks for some pretty basic information about the nominees.

If selected, the friend or family member who has been nominated for Idol will be surprised on location with cameras and an opportunity to advance onto the show. We get the feeling there’ll be some blooper reel material stemming from this little experiment!

Idol is now accepting online auditions at the same website, so now there’s no excuse not to get your audition ready!

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