The Billings Outpost

'American Idol' auditions here

The Billings Chamber of Commerce is "American Idol"'s point of contact for the Small Town Audition Bus Tour stop on Monday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 ZooMontana!

So here's what you need to know:

No one will be allowed into the area until 9 a.m. Contestants must show photo identification proving they are between the ages of 15 and 28. After ID's are checked, contestants will be given a number and will need to wait in the outdoor audition line.

The Tour is kicking off this weekend in Idaho Falls, Idaho. From Billings, the crew will head south to Casper, Wyo. For more information, check out

As the Billings Chamber/Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) announced last week, "American Idol" is shaking things up for their latest season with a new "Small Town Tour" and a flashy, new bus. In keeping with the fresh recruitment efforts, these tryouts will be scaled down from what has been seen in years' past. The judges will not be part of these tryouts and the producers are looking more for raw talent than crowds. 

More details are available on Or, on Twitter via #IdolBus. 

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