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Who Needs Judges? American Idol Goes Star-Searching on MySpace

American Idol, Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi, Randy Jackson Michael Becker/FOX

Remember when MySpace was huge, and every cool (and not-so-cool) band was streaming their tunes from the social network? Well, American Idol hopes you do.

Fox's hit talent show has announced plans to mark its 10th anniversary by giving would-be Kelly Clarksons David Cooks the chance to submit an audition tape via that now unhip site.

Guess that's what happens when you don't have judges to do the legwork for you...

Anyhow, while YouTube, Twitter or Facebook might seem like more obvious, hipper venues for watching online tryouts, the Fox hit is opting to keep things in the family, opting to go with its Rupert Murdoch-owned corporate cousin.

Ain't synergy grand?

So instead of making fools of themselves in person, auditioners can do it virutally. Anyone between the ages of 15 and 28 will be able to upload a video on MySpace through Oct. 6.

But there are a few caveats: entries are limited to 40 seconds, only one submission is allowed per person, and each entrant must perform a song from an approved a cappella list.

A select number of hopefuls will be selected for the next round of callbacks in Los Angeles, where they'll be able to tap their inner Justin Guarini and stake their claim to fame. Visit the show's MySpace page for more information.

The 10th season of Idol kicks off in January with newbie judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez joining original panelist Randy Jackson.


Now's a nice time to find out whatever happened to Justin, Ruben, et al., in our American Idol: Where Are They Now gallery.


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