Get those vocal chords ready! American Idol is hosting auditions in 19 cities across the nation!

The search for the next American Idol begins on Thursday, Aug. 17 when East and West Idol Buses make their first stops in Portland and Orlando.

The closest location for Michiganders to show the judges what they've got is in Chicago on September 11. The tour ends in New Orleans on September 14.

According to a press release from ABC, auditioning has never been easier. For the first time, musicians can submit audition videos online at or by showing off their talent on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or using the hashtag #TheNextIdol.

You must be at least 15 years old to audition.

Auditions will be held as follows (subject to change):

West Bus Tour East Bus Tour
Portland, OR – Aug. 17 Orlando, FL – Aug. 17
Oakland, CA – Aug. 20 Miami, FL – Aug. 19
Provo, UT – Aug. 23 Atlanta, GA – Aug. 22
Denver, CO – Aug. 26 Charleston, SC – Aug. 25
Omaha, NE – Aug. 29 Asheville, NC – Aug. 27
Tulsa, OK – Sept. 1 Louisville, KY – Aug. 30
Shreveport, LA – Sept. 4 Pittsburgh, PA – Sept. 3
Muscle Shoals, AL – Sept. 7 Annapolis, MD – Sept. 5
Boston, MA – Sept. 8

Open Audition Cities
Chicago, IL – Sept .11
New Orleans, LA – Sept. 14

For more information on specific audition locations, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, terms and conditions -- click here.

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Kayla Fortney is a senior multi-platform producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.