The ultimate competitive talent search, "American Idol," returns to Boston on Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14--without pop diva Paula Abdul--to audition the 50 or so regional contestants plucked from open auditions at Gillette Stadium last June.
Word is that host Ryan Seacrest and judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi are slotted to set up shop at the posh State Room located on the 33rd floor of 60 State Street in the Financial District area. It's the first time the show has held auditions in the Boston area since 2005.
Meanwhile, former "Idol" judge Abdul is rumored to be heading to ABC's "Dancing With The Stars." Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham, who reportedly signed on to do one guest-judging stint on “Idol,” has flown in to replace Abdul during the Boston taping.
Thousands of soulful singers and publicity-desperate oddballs between 16- and 28-years-old decided to take a stab at stardom from Friday, June 12 to Sunday, June 14. Only a handful of will make the cut from the 50 hopefuls.
Seacrest is tweeting here about the return trek to Boston. In fact, he's already planning a dinner date with Kiss 108's Matt Siegel.
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