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Idol Lowers Minimum Age Limit!

| Filed under: American IdolRyan Seacrest


Good news for you 15-year-old singing prodigies out there!

American Idol is lowering the minimum age requirement to participate in the competition to 15! The maximum age of 28 remains unchanged however.

Cecile Frot-Coutaz, executive producer of the show explains:

“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.”


Is this so the contestants won't all tower over Seacrest? HA!

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21 comments to “Idol Lowers Minimum Age Limit!”

  1. 1

    be careful of what pictures you post of the new under age contestants, fattie.

  2. 2

    barffff now all we're going to see are bieber/t.swift wannabes. no thanks.

  3. 3

    Why? They are usually the most terrible contestants.

  4. 4

    Yeah, so they won't take some of the fantastic, experienced singers out there who are 30 and have maturity, vocal control, and experience. But they're going to have more kids on the show. Cue, futher ratings slide.

  5. 5

    Theres a maximum age limit? Well that's clearly ageist… the X Factor doesn't feel the need for a max age limit!

  6. SF90 says – reply to this


    WTF?! You guys have a maximum age limit?!
    So if you're older than 28 and want to become a musician, you're not allowed to get help from being on American Idol? But being 15 and (more than likely) turn into a sexsymbol is okay?

  7. 7

    How come every time I try to post it says the page does not exist? Yet others can post? You censoring some people or what? *hrms*

  8. 8

    Urgh. No. Now all the contestants will be teens that wanna be like Taylor swift and miley and all of those talentless snobs. Idol is now RUINED. The music industry will quickly turn even more shitty. Joy.

  9. 9

    Great. More prepubescent boys squeaking their way through the Beatles catalog? And we are supposed to determine their talent on that exact immature quality?
    Sure, I know there are exceptions. David Archuleta comes to mind but those are so very rare. This last kid from this season had such poor voice control because he was too young and too under developed.
    Idol should be allowing OLDER contestants not younger!

  10. 10

    Why don't they raise the age limit?? 15-18 year olds shouldn't be in the biz anyways.

  11. 11

    that show is getting almost desperate enough for you p

  12. 12

    And in futher news a new show is coming to Fox called Teenage Idol Rehab. The show will feature the young unrepresented teens that after being rejected by Idol and there families(because they could not be a meal ticket) and are now porn stars and crack heads at 17. Nice way to go Fox.

  13. 13

    they want a bieber

  14. 14

    Re: Spindoc – In order to stay afloat, the music industry brass (which runs "Idol" and uses the show's platform to promote its "talent") has to ramp up its appeal to tweenies who can't tell the difference between good music and obnoxious fads, as people over 15 who know what good music is and know how to use a computer are finding it elsewhere (older music, indie artists, etc). The brass isn't out to find durable talent; it's looking for a tweenage fad that will last 3 or so years, as that's all the industry's promotional efforts are good for these days.

  15. 15

    Wait… That gray haired guy definitely wasn't 28 or under. When did that start?

  16. 16

    OMG people need to get the FUCK over all these stupid young kids singing. ever since biebs came about like 50 other untalented kids have started singing and ruining youtube. american idol is already shit, now its just shittIER

  17. 17

    I haven't watched the show in a few years but hear they are holding auditions in Milwaukee?

  18. 18

    Arggghh there's a reason why I stopped watching Idol and now this nails the door shut even more. They LOWER the age for talentless wannabees but can't UP the age for people who are mature enough to take criticism and adapt to the fame. Idol is definitely never going to be seen in my household ever again!

  19. 19

    xfactor usa minimum age limit is 14 and you can be however old and you can be a band. idol will be dead

  20. 20

    So they keep the upper limit at 28 because if you are older than 28 you obviously don't have talent - talent must have an expiration date.
    Instead, lets jack up a pre-teen's life with stardom before they old enough to handle it because it is awesome for our ratings…way to go American Idol. Nice to see that the show is till just a fiery pit of sacrifice to the celebrity God.

  21. 21

    that already tried this on x factor and it failed, why is there an upper age limit? how pathetic