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For Next Season, ‘American Idol’ Says the Kids Are All Right

June 21, 2010

The next season of “American Idol” isn’t officially subtitled “The Search for the Next Justin Bieber,” but one wonders if that teenage pop sensation had any influence on a newly announced adjustment to the reality contest’s rules. On Monday the producers of “American Idol” announced that they would lower the minimum age of eligibility for the singing competition to 15, the “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest said on his Web site, ryanseacrest.com. In previous years the minimum age for “Idol” hopefuls was 16, but now performers like Aaron Kelly and Haeley Vaughn (who were well shy of voting age when they appeared on the show’s ninth season) will look like seasoned war horses compared to the 10th season’s crop.  Read More