Australian Idol‘s audition tour kicks off this weekend in Darwin, but Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson, Marcia Hines and Kyle Sandilands will reportedly only be attending in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
As most auditionees known, Idol judges are always screened first by producers before the best -and worst- are delivered through to judges. This is common practice in reality television due to the sheer numbers of wanna-bes.
Idol judges had nearly always visited the stops on the Idol tour, including regional towns. Indeed the show made a point of boasting they had criss-crossed the country to from the coast to the outback. Last year Darwin was off the list, and in some places just one judge attended.
That was before the economic meltdown and before Kyle Sandilands was suppposedly spending a lot of his time in LA. Now it’s cut back even more.
By way of compensation, Idol has offered online audition opportunities this year, allowing some the chance to ‘skip the queue’ and be fastracked to the judging panel. Better than an all night sleep out.
Idol also adds Mackay in Far North Queensland, and Bathurst in the central west of NSW. There are no overseas auditions this year either. Successful auditionees in other cities will be flown to Sydney, Brissy or Melbourne to appear before the judges.
Online Auditions will close at 12 midnight (AEST) on Thursday, April 9, 2009.
DARWIN – SUNDAY MARCH 22
Crowne Plaza, 32 Mitchell Street, Darwin
CAIRNS – TUESDAY MARCH 24
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Pierpoint Road, Cairns
MACKAY – THURSDAY MARCH 26
CQ University Conservatorium of Music, Boundary Road, Mackay
TAMWORTH – SUNDAY MARCH 29
Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre, Greg Norman Drive, Tamworth
BATHURST – WEDNESDAY APRIL 1
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, 105 William Street, Bathurst
NEWCASTLE – SUNDAY APRIL 5
Newcastle Jockey Club, Darling Street, Broadmeadow
PERTH – SUNDAY APRIL 19
Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth
HOBART – TUESDAY APRIL 21
Hotel Grand Chancellor, 1 Davey Street, Hobart
ADELAIDE – SUNDAY APRIL 26
Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide
ALBURY – TUESDAY APRIL 28
The Albury Convention Centre, Swift Street, Albury
MELBOURNE – FRIDAY MAY 1, SATURDAY MAY 2 , SUNDAY MAY 3
The Atrium, 448 Epsom Road, Flemington Racecourse
BRISBANE – SATURDAY MAY 9, SUNDAY MAY 10
Suncorp Piazza, Cnr Little Stanley & Glenelg Street, South Bank
SYDNEY – SATURDAY MAY 16, SUNDAY MAY 17, MONDAY MAY 18
Australian Technology Park, Bay 4, Henderson Road, Eveleigh