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June 24, 2009
'American Idol' auditions coming to L.A.

It's a trek - by plane, train or automobile - but talented folks in Northern California shouldn't pass up the opportunity to be the next "American Idol." Auditions for Season 9 (can you believe it!) are already under way. They've made a stop in Chicago.

Next Tuesday, the "Idol" auditions head to Los Angeles with pre-registration Sunday and Monday at the Rose Bowl, which actually is in Pasadena.

Here's how it works: On the pre-registration days, wristbands will be distributed to auditioners once the tables open at 7 a.m. Camera crews will be hanging around, so feel free to sing at will - if you've got the pipes! But we know there will be those who just hope for their three seconds of fame.

On audition day, registered auditioners can start lining up at 5 a.m. For those "Idol" watchers wondering why we see snippets of their family and friends once the show airs next January, this is when all that stuff is filmed. Contestants who do make it through to the next round can't - I repeat can't - sing for the cameras after their audition. Those who don't make it through can show how generally upset and distraught and angry they are at being dissed. We'll see that, too, next year.

Let's hope someone from Sactown makes it through!

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