American Idol to hold Asheville auditions Aug. 27

Calling all Asheville vocalists — it is nearly time to take your place in the American Idol spotlight.

“American Idol” will hold auditions in downtown Asheville on Sunday, Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

It was just released that the auditions will be held at 68 Haywood St. — the area, formerly known as the “Pit of Despair,” which is owned by the city. Considering the audition space, it is likely the auditions will be held outside.

Auditions are open to anyone between the ages of 15 and 28 who are ready to sing their hearts out and take a shot at becoming the next American Idol. To audition, contestants must also be legal U.S. residents and are now allowed to be already signed to a label.

There requirements can be seen at

Those who want to sign up for open call auditions can do so at

Asheville native and Erwin High School graduate Caleb Johnson won the title of American Idol in 2014. After auditioning several times, Johnson made his way to the top by standing out as the “rock and roll” guy. Today, his career is taking off while he continues to write his songs. He has even been invited to go on tour with artists like Kiss and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

And who knows — he may even make a special appearance at the Asheville auditions this month.

While auditioning nearly three years ago, Johnson wore bell bottoms and sang soulful rock and roll music and wowed the judges.

An animated, rocking performer, Johnson is scheduled to perform before the Idol on Saturday, Aug. 26 as part of BaconFest at Highland Brewing Company.

Singer Katy Perry has signed on to be a judge this year, and other celebrities are still being considered for judges and host Ryan Seacrest will be back.

For those of you who can’t make it to the audition, you can still submit an audition tape. Submit the tapes at

The next season of “American Idol” will be aired on ABC 13 in the spring of 2018.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.