‘American Idol’ Will Be Conducting Auditions in Maternity Wards Soon

It sure does seem as if American Idol has caught a case of Bieber fever.

In seeming response to the My World sensation’s global success, the popular singing competition has lowered its age of eligibility from 16 to 15. The show’s maximum age limit for contestants will remain at 28 years of age.

According to Idol executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz,

“A lot of young, talented people are now seeking careers and representation before they turn 16. Lowering the age limit allows us to tap into this talent pool.”

It’s just a good thing that famously cantankerous judge Simon Cowell has bid his farewell to the show, because subjecting kids that young to his bristly criticism just might constitute child abuse.

The new, kid-friendly round of American Idol auditions will kick off in Nashville on July 17.

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