'American Idol' Season 12 Auditions to Include Small-Town Bus Tour, 'Nominate an Idol' Program and Online Submissions

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FOX announced Monday that fans will have three additional ways to audition for American Idol's upcoming twelfth season.

In an early-morning press release, the network said TV's top-rated program will introduce a Small Town Audition Bus Tour that will stop in 10 cities across the country. Stops on the bus tour include: Idaho Falls, ID; Billings, MT; Casper, WY; Rock Rapids, IA; Iowa City, IA; Bowling Green, KY; Clarksdale, MS; Joplin, MO; Dodge City, KA; and Grand Junction, CO.

Specific locations and dates will be announced at a later date, according to the release.

Meanwhile, the show is also adding a "Nominate An Idol' program, designed for family and friends to submit a video or URL for a show-worthy contestant who may not immediatley think to audition. Selected candidates "will then be surprised on location by a film crew and given the chance to advance to the next round of auditions."

And, once again, Idol will allow the chance for hopefuls to audition online, beginning Wednesday, August 1.

Online auditions will run through Tuesday, August 14, per the release.

Further details on all three events were not immediately released. In the meantime, auditioners were encouraged to keep checking AmericanIdol.com for submission rules and terms of conditions.

This is just the latest shake-up to happen to American Idol in the last few weeks. Earlier this month, judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez confirmed they are leaving the show after two seasons, leaving the future of the judges' table in limbo.

No official replacement for Tyler or Lopez has been announced, although there were reports this weekend that Grammy-winning diva Mariah Carey is nearing a deal to join the show.

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