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Auditions for 'American Idol' season 10 kick off, coming to San Francisco in August

Auditions just kicked off in Nashville for the 10th season of American Idol. I auditioned myself a few years back. It's my last year of Idol eligibility, but sadly I'll be out of the state during the nearest auditions to the L.A. area at San Francisco's AT&T Park on August 19th. However, if you want to make a go of it, you can read more about the San Francisco auditions here.

While you won't be seeing me singing (or wearing a wacky costume) on next season's show, it's still a fascinating time for the show. For the first time since the show began in 2002, Simon Cowell won't be there throwing cutting barbs at impressionable young people. Who will be the new Simon?

The show looks to be in need of a savior. Season 9 scored disappointing ratings, and the Idol live tour recently canceled eight shows and will be wrapping up the tour early due to low ticket sales.

(If you'd like to read more about my adventures in the Idol world, read "My American Idol confession.")

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