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‘American Idol’ rolling into ABQ on Friday

The “American Idol” bus will make a stop in Albuquerque on Friday, Aug. 31, for auditions its upcoming season. (Courtesy of ABC)

Albuquerque, “American Idol” is coming.

The show’s iconic bus will roll into Old Town from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and producers of the music competition are looking for the next big singing talent.

“I keep coming back for the talent,” said Brent McCosker, a show producer. “If we don’t have the talent, we don’t have the show. This is why we enjoy the process of finding talent across the country.”

During the next month, producers and crew will crisscross the country searching for singing talent.

bright spotThe bus stopped in New Mexico twice during its long-running history. In June 2015, auditions were held at the Railyard Park in Santa Fe. And in July 2014, Old Town hosted the event, which saw more than 2,000 people audition.

McCosker said having the two buses allows the production to spread out in a number of places.

“We’re trying to leave no stone unturned,” he said. “All it takes is a chance. There are talented people across the country who aren’t ever discovered. The purpose of this show has always been to find the undiscovered talent.”

Auditions can be done either in person or online.

Those interested must be at least 15 years old to audition and the cut off age is 28.

Information can be found at

McCosker said the most difficult part to handle is the logistics.

“It’s tricky juggling locations,” he said. “We’ll go to a city and we need to find a venue. That can be an issue sometimes because we don’t plan things a million years out. The thing is we’re not making a show for producers. We’re making a show for the people. That’s the most important thing.”

The TV show returns in 2019 for the next season. Ryan Seacrest returns as host of the show.

Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie are returning as judges. Last season, Iowa native Maddie Poppe was crowned the winner.

“Maddie auditioned at one of the open calls,” McCosker said. “She took a chance and she won. I’m sure there is talent in Albuquerque and I’m looking forward to checking it out.”

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