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Tampa Bay Idol 2018 auditions to be held in Wesley Chapel

Winners to sing for American Idol producers
Posted at 9:00 AM, Aug 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-16 16:39:47-04

UPDATE | Registration has closed


The next musical superstar could be right here in the Bay Area! 

Tampa Bay Idol will give local singers a special opportunity to have their voices heard.

ABC Action News and Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend will be hosting Tampa Bay Idol on Saturday, August 18.

Winners of Tampa Bay Idol will receive a “Front of the Line” Ticket to audition for American Idol producers during their bus tour stop in Orlando on August 25. The "Front of the Line" Ticket guarantees singers a chance to be seen by producers without waiting in the long lines.

Sign-up for "Tampa Bay Idol" begins on August 13.


The first 400 registrants will have the chance to audition. Then, a one-day audition will be held for the registrants to perform a short acapella song before a panel of local celebrity judges on Saturday, August 18, at Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel. 

"We're happy to be giving Bay Area singers a unique opportunity – a chance to audition directly in front of producers from one of America's most popular TV shows, American Idol," said Nick Nicholson, VP and General manager of WFTS. "That's something no other television station in Tampa can offer."

To audition, local singers must meet all eligibility requirements and download the official rules & local registration which can only be found at