American Idol, is still doing it after two decades

Thanks in part to the popularity of YouTube, Instagram, Tik Tok, Twitter X, and Facebook, there are plenty of ways to get "discovered" in 2023.  The music and entertainment industry changes so quickly, in a strange way, auditioning on American Idol feels kind of "old school".

It's hard to believe that it's been 4 years since Clifton Park's Madison Vandenburgh blew the judges away with her rendition of Dan and Shay's "Tequila" during her Idol audition in 2019.

And nothing would be better than rooting for someone from right here in the Capital Region!

Now in its 22nd season (7th since the show rebooted in 2018), Idol continues to be a solid platform for aspiring and undiscovered talent, and this week they've got their sights set on singers from the Northeast, including New York.

How can New Yorkers audition on American Idol?

New York auditions begin Wednesday, Aug. 23, and registration is now open and according to the American Idol website, New Yorkers can audition in a variety of ways, including:

  • By posting a Social Media Audition Video to your preferred social media platform Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, or Twitter
  • By uploading an audition video to the American Idol Online Audition portal
    Virtually attending one of American Idol’s “Idol Across America” video chat, virtual auditions via Zoom (the “Virtual Auditions”)
  • To audition, you must be 15 years old or older, born on or between June 2, 1994 and Feb. 15, 2009. If you were born before or after this window, you are not eligible to participate in season 7 of American Idol.
  • According to the show, registration doesn’t guarantee the opportunity to audition

American Idol will begin airing episodes of the new season starting this spring of 2024 on ABC. For a complete list of rules, frequently asked questions, and general audition questions, click here.   

The New York State Fair's 2023 Country Concert Lineup

This year's Great New York State Fair runs from August 23 to September 4 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. As always, they have a bunch of great Country shows planned as part of their concert and entertainment lineup, which are included with fair admission! Check out all of the great artists coming this year, including Lainey Wilson, Tyler Hubbard, and more!

See The Capital Region's 10 Best Cider Donuts For 2023 [RANKED]

As we enjoy the last fleeting moments of summer 2023, there is a silver lining to the end of the season. We will soon replace summer concerts with all of our favorite Upstate New York autumn activities like pumpkin picking, leaf peeping, and indulging in our season favorite - CIDER DONUTS! We have a LONG list of great cider donut spots, but to determine the best of the best we once again went to our listeners to determine which ones to visit this year. So Who serves the best cider donuts in the Capital Region? Here are the top 10 for autumn 2023 according to you - with 3 new spots on this year's list!

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